Stories for August 2012

Stories for August 2012


Friday, August 31

Calendar: Aug. 29, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

Military Notes

Military Notes

Mount Vernon School Notes

School Notes

Shear Fun

2nd Annual Cuts for Kids Day

More than 90 students from throughout the area were treated to free back-to-school haircuts thanks to Alexandria and Fairfax County firefighters who sponsored the second annual Cuts for Kids Day Aug. 27 at the Gum Springs Recreation Center.

Fairfax Station/Springfield, Aug. 30-Sept. 9

Send notes to the Connection at or call 703-778-9416. Deadline is Friday. Dated announcements should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.

Burke/Fairfax Calendar, Aug. 30-Sept. 9

To have community events listed, send to or call 703-778-9416 with questions. Deadline for calendar listings is two weeks prior to event.

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Reston/Herndon Calendar, Aug. 29-Sept. 9

Send announcements to Deadline is Thursday for the following week's paper. Photos/artwork encouraged. For additional listings, visit

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Snapshot for Aug. 29, 2012


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Notes from the Producer: Jacques Brel is Alive and Well at MetroStage

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living is Paris is a classic. It landed in New York in 1968 with an English translation and played at the Village Gate for four years.

Pupcakes Raise $1,000

For five days the girls sold the decorated pupcakes. Their personal goal was $500.

Local Author Writes First Novel

Stephen D. Hayes, a Belle Haven resident since 1976, has written a fictionalized story that combines his love of sailing with his wartime experiences gained while serving for two years in the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam war.

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McKay Promises Field Improvements

VOICE tour highlights needs of area youth.

Touring three neglected athletic fields Aug. 15, Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay and Park Authority board member Edward Batten heard public testimony urging them to take action. Both expressed their intent to make the fields playable and safe.

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Local Real Estate: June 2012 Sales, $700,000~$749,900

Local Real Estate: June 2012 Sales, $700,000~$749,900

Rising Hope Food Pantry in Critical Need

“We’re getting by day-to-day.”

“We’re getting by day-to-day, hour-by-hour,” said Sarah Heckman who manages the pantry. “I’m coming in the mornings and really praying God will put food on the shelves. I don’t think people know how much it takes to feed over 900 people a week.”

Column: Route 1 and Mount Vernon Community

The Mount Vernon area has been my home since 1975. It has been a wonderful place to raise a family and become a part of the community. One of the greatest issues facing us is the congestion on Route 1.

News Briefs: Training for Voter Registration Volunteers

A training session for volunteers who would like to help people register to vote in the fall presidential election will be led by Karla Mahoney, retired outreach director of the Fairfax County registrar’s office, at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria Virginia, Monday Sept. 10 from 7-9 p.m.

News Briefs: SFDC To Host Apartment Tour

Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation will host a tour to highlight new multi-family developments in the Huntington-Groveton area.

News Briefs: Boater Education Course Offered

A boater's education course that meets the boating education requirements for Virginia, Maryland and D.C. will be offered by Flotilla 25-8 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary on Oct. 20.

News Briefs

Emergency Closes Belvoir Gates

Fort Belvoir Police responded to a report of a possible gunman at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital just before 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug 21 .

Brief: Honest-1 Auto Care Opens

Honest-1 Auto Care, a full-service auto repair and maintenance franchise that is 100 percent ESA Certified Eco-Friendly, recently opened its newest location at 8648 Richmond Highway in Alexandria.

Alexandria School Notes: Aug. 29, 2012

Alexandria School Notes

Promoting Back-to-School Traffic Safety

Next week all Alexandria students will be back in school so Alexandria Sheriff’s Deputy Valarie Wright is spreading the word about traffic safety by distributing posters and giveaways for AAA’s annual “School’s Open Drive Carefully” campaign.

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RTA Receives $15,000 Grant

Rebuilding Together Alexandria, a volunteer-based, non-profit organization that preserves affordable housing and revitalizes communities, received a $15,000 grant from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation this month.

Obituary: Gilbert Zimmerman

Gil Zimmerman, 94, died on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 at his Woodhaven residence in the Williamsburg Landing retirement community in Williamsburg, Va.

Letter: Aug. 29, 2012

‘Demolition By Neglect’

The following is an open letter addressed to Mayor Bill Euille and members of City Council.

Letter: Aug. 29, 2012

Clear Choice For Mayor

In considering the upcoming mayoral election, it is essential to examine Mayor Bill Euille’s recent record as the leader of the City Council.

Letter: Aug. 29, 2012

Voice for Education

For many years, Rob Krupicka has been a voice for education in Alexandria; it is time his voice is heard in Richmond as a delegate for the 45th.

Letter: Aug. 29, 2012

More Than Sound Bites

Ron Rigby and others maintain that it is unreasonable to ask Mayor Euille to debate his mayoral opponent, Andrew Macdonald, for more than a few minutes at any debate. They say that the Mayor is too busy “running the city” or “The Mayor has a city to run.”

Letter: Aug. 29, 2012

Thank You, Bruce Johnson.

The citizens of Alexandria owe a debt of gratitude to Bruce Johnson, who is retiring from city government.

Scuba for Wounded Warriors

Patriot Scuba instructors offered recreational scuba diving lessons to a number of military veterans in the pool at the Holiday Inn at Eisenhower Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 25.

‘I Was Born to Be an Educator’

Franklin band director retires after 28 years.

Lawrence Walker was at Franklin Middle when it opened in 1984.

Whitman Continues Quarterback Transition

McGowan to start against Wootton, Morton could see time.

Whitman opens the 2012 season against Wootton on Aug. 31.

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Mount Vernon Field Hockey Led by Senior Class

Majors have played in three consecutive district championship games.

The Mount Vernon field hockey team went 3-0-1 at the "Under the Lights" tournament Aug. 24-25 at Lee High School.

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Day Leads Herndon Football

Hornets amassed 3-17 record during previous two seasons.

Brian Day, a former assistant at Westfield and Centreville, is in his first season as head coach of the Herndon football team.

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Jarrell Leads Woodson Field Hockey

Cavaliers fell short of regional tournament in 2011.

Meg Jarrell, 22, is in her first season as head coach of the Woodson field hockey team.

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Defense Is Strength of Titans Field Hockey

T.C. Williams field hockey team beats Hayfield in its tournament opener.

Thursday, August 30

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T.C. Williams Football Loaded with Playmakers

Titans to open 2012 season at home against Wakefield.

The T.C. Williams football team is loaded with playmakers entering the 2012 season.

Celebrating Lenny Harris at One Love Festival

On Saturday afternoon, Aug. 18, the field at Braddock Park filled with friends, neighbors and the family to celebrate the One Love Festival and the legacy of Lenny Harris.

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Drive Nets 1,026 Backpacks

UCM exceeded its goal to raise $10,000 and collect 1,000 backpacks for the children and youth in UCM’s programs. Each backpack contains approximately $40 worth of school supplies.

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Molnar Leads Yorktown Volleyball Past South County

Junior tallies 20 kills in five-game, season-opening victory.

Molnar's 20 kills propel Yorktown volleyball past South County in opener.

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Lee-Fendall House Hosts Great Gatsby Ice Cream Social

The house and garden of the Lee-Fendall House opened for an afternoon Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Aug. 26.

Classified Advertising Aug 29, 2012

Read the latest Classified ads here!

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Breakfast with George

Have breakfast with George.

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In Process

The construction at George Washington Library is in process.

How Much Money for Retirement?

Too many underestimate what they need.

Some of the conversation and discussion at Senor Law Day on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at First Baptist Church at 2932 King Street will include funding a retirement.

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Baby Shower for Military Moms

Virginia’s First Lady, FLITE and Operation Homefront host the event at Waterford in Springfield.

It started with a phone call 28 weeks ago. What happened in between—the planning, the coordination, the logistics, the marshalling of personnel and resources, and just a lot of hard work—would have made a Pentagon strategist proud. It’s a fitting analogy since the recipients of all this effort were more than 100 expectant and new military moms, representing all branches of military service, who attended a very special group Baby Shower at The Waterford in Springfield on Aug. 21.

Covert Matters

Alexandria’s Dave Johnson for President

I’m absenting myself from the national political conventions this year.

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Dance Class at Hollin Hall Senior Center

Seniors enjoy their dance class.

Opinion: ‘Somebody Else’ Didn’t Come

Starting a small business comes with some amount of risk. Even the most diligent and talented owner faces challenges that could ground a business before it takes off. I can speak to that from experience. I started my own business 20 ago. My law firm started with me and my partner and now we provide approximately 20 jobs in Virginia. I am no Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, but I am proud of what I have been able to do.

Column: How Teamwork Saves Lives

Earlier this year, I shared some of Inova Alexandria Hospital’s successful efforts to improve quality of care for heart attack patients.

Alexandria Bulletin Board 8/29

Alexandria Bulletin Board 8/29

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The Workhouse People's Choice Awards

Three artists from the Workhouse Associate Artists (WAA) were chosen as People's Choice Award winners for their current exhibitions in the Vulcan Gallery (Building W16) at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. The winners were chosen during the Workhouse's monthly Second Saturday Art Walk on Aug. 11. The winners are Maria Bennett Hock (1st place), Jack Dyer (2nd place) and Richard Mallory Allnutt (3rd place).

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Working To Create Fitting Memorial

Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial on pace for Spring 2013 opening.

In Spring 2007, the City of Alexandria purchased a desolate and overgrown lot on the southern edge of town and promptly razed the site’s two buildings.

Letter: No Official Position, Unchanged

I support Glenda Booth's right to personally oppose the OLDA, but when she drifts off into the netherland of trying to multiply her personal opposition by attaching it to organizations that haven't officially agreed with her, or have not taken an official position she can point to, it would be irresponsible to refrain from pointing it out.

LCAC Partners with Halley Elementary

After-school program targets at-risk students.

When the school bell rings at the end of the day at William Halley Elementary School in Lorton this year, more than 350 students will be going to a new after-school program instead of going home.

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Carlyle House and the War of 1812

Re-enactors in 19th century costumes roamed the grounds and home of John Carlyle on Aug. 18 re-enacting life during the siege of Alexandria during the War of 1812.

Former Democrat Artur Davis to Speak at Republican Women of Clifton Meeting

The Republican Women of Clifton (RWC) will feature Artur Davis as the speaker at the club’s Sept. 17 meeting.

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Businesses Support Local Musical Talent

Stop by the Main Street Pub on Sundays or Peterson’s Ice Cream Depot on Saturday nights in Clifton, and be treated to live music performed by some teens. Thanks to the generosity of the business owners, two musical duos earn their living—tips are welcome—entertaining patrons with acoustic music.

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Wiygul Automotive wins Chamber Golf Classic.

More than 120 golfers came together to participate in the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic, held Aug. 27 at the Belle Haven Country Club.

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Kids @ Play

Design Day drawings help create dream playground.

More than 40 Alexandria children joined Washington Capitals mascot Slapshot and Elliot Segal of the Elliot in the Morning Show at the Charles Houston Recreation Center Aug. 15 for Design Day, a day set aside for children to draw their dream playground for Old Town's Hopkins-Tancil Court area.

The Small Town of Fairfax County

I was at the beach this summer with my dad’s side of the family who live in a small, close-knit rural town. They were talking about how even in their close community a man lost several teeth because they couldn’t find a doctor who was willing to come in on a Sunday. At that point I realized how Fairfax actually is a close community even if it isn’t small or rural, and that we not only have some of the best doctors in the world, but also some of the most caring.

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Schroeder Receives Service Above Self Award

The Rotary Club of Fairfax recently recognized Rotarian Rick Schroeder with the Service Above Self award. The annual award recognizes a member of the club who has demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.

Letter: Beware Sequestration Economy

If you think the local economy is looking anemic now, just wait until we get sequestration (the legal inevitable result of our legislators reaching no agreement about our national budget).

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: July, 2012

In July 2012, 108 homes sold between $1,610,000-$180,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales in July, 2012

Fairfax Resident Elayna Tursky Chosen for Jewish Heritage Internship

Fairfax resident Elayna Tursky has been chosen to participate in the Lipper Internship Program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan. Tursky is one of 15 interns this semester who will learn how to teach twentieth century Jewish history and the Holocaust to young people. Since the Lipper program started in 1998, interns have worked with over 50,000 students from around the Northeastern United States.

Love Letter Cabaret

The Jewish Community Center to present new performing arts series.

A fresh performing arts series will be opening with "Just Between Us: A Piano, A Mic and A Memory" featuring local performer Marilyn Hausfeld and pianist Alex Rybeck. This will be the premier performance before the two head up to the New York City Theater District to perform at the "Don't Tell Mama" cabaret club in the Big Apple.

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State Commits $1 Million to SySTEMic Solutions

General Assembly provides funding over next two years towards science and technology courses.

Despite high unemployment rate, many companies in the technology and research industries have unfilled positions because they cannot find enough skilled workers.

Potomac School Notes: Aug. 29, 2012

Potomac School Notes

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Paul VI Runfest 5K Sept. 16 in Fairfax

After a two-year hiatus, the Paul VI Catholic High School (PVI) Runfest 5K will return Sunday, Sept. 16, at 8 a.m., to the City of Fairfax. Previously run over 10 consecutive years, it was last held in fall 2009.

Potomac Military Notes: Aug. 29, 2012

Potomac Military Notes

Centreview Roundups 8/29

Centreview Roundups 8/29

Potomac Bulletin Board: Aug. 29, 2012

Upcoming events in Potomac.

Centreville’s Civil War Past

Travel back in time via the Stuart-Mosby Museum.

Few communities are lucky enough to have a Civil War museum in their midst; Centreville is one of them.

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Creative Thinking and Engineering

Philip Everard is only 8, but says he’s been building with LEGOs ever since he was born. “We had [the large] Duplo LEGOs then,” he said. “My brother would put them in my hand and guide me.”

Springfield Home Sales: July, 2012

In July 2012, 166 Springfield homes sold between $805,000-$115,000.

Springfield Home Sales in July, 2012

Reston Home Sales: July, 2012

In July 2012, 120 Reston homes sold between $1,200,000-$89,900.

Reston Home Sales in July, 2012

Hands-On Fun While Learning

Children attend LEGO camp in Clifton.

Sure, LEGOs are child’s play — but they’re also much more. And Clifton’s Cam Meyer, 15, recently shared his knowledge of what these colorful building pieces can do during a Lego camp held in the town’s meeting hall.

Potomac Home Sales: July, 2012

In July 2012, 47 Potomac homes sold between $3,275,000-$410,000.

Potomac Home Sales in July, 2012

Potomac Calendar: Aug. 29, 2012

Potomac upcoming events.

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‘Senior Prank’ Filmed in Area

Local talent recruited for "The Senior Prank."

The community has rallied together behind the new local film in progress "The Senior Prank." Director Donald Leow, who also directed previous film "For the Glory," has brought in cast and crew from all over the country, while recruiting local talent for his film as well. Many members of the Fairfax community have gathered to be extras, show their talent on screen, help with tech, or just support the film.

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Clifton Businesses Support Local Musical Talent

Stop by the Main Street Pub on Sunday’s or Peterson’s Ice Cream Depot on Saturday nights in Clifton, and be treated to live music performed by some teens.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: July, 2012

In July 2012, 132 homes sold between $3,500,000-$62,900 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales in July, 2012

New Rector Comes to St. Andrew’s

The Reverend Tim Heflin will begin his tenure as rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Burke on Sunday, Sept. 9. Heflin recently served as associate rector and day school chaplain of Trinity Church in Baton Rouge, La., a church comparable in size to St. Andrew’s, yet with a pre-k to fifth grade day school of nearly 200. As the associate rrector, Heflin was responsible for the bulk of pastoral care, Christian education for all ages, Wednesday night dinners and programs, youth and young adults and outreach, as well as weekly school liturgical duties. He also served as priest-in-charge as the church went through a rector transition and search process in 2011. Heflin was ordained at Trinity in 2008.

McLean Home Sales: July, 2012

In July 2012, 110 homes sold between $3,150,000-$93,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales in July, 2012

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: July, 2012

In July 2012, 98 homes sold between $1,265,000-$157,500 in the Herndon and Oak Hill area.

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales in July, 2012

Great Falls Home Sales: July, 2012

In July 2012, 24 Great Falls homes sold between $2,175,000-$525,000.

Great Falls Home Sales in July, 2012

Centreview School Notes 8/29

Centreview School Notes 8/29

Fairfax Home Sales: July, 2012

In July 2012, 83 Fairfax homes sold between $943,232-$125,000.

Fairfax Home Sales in July, 2012

Centreville Home Sales: July, 2012

In July 2012, 102 Centreville homes sold between $945,000-$130,000.

Centreville Home Sales in July, 2012

Chantilly Home Sales: July, 2012

In July 2012, 19 homes sold between $850,000-$379,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales in July, 2012

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales: July, 2012

In July 2012, 87 homes sold between $1,795,000-$142,500 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales in July, 2012

Burke Home Sales: July, 2012

In July 2012, 61 Burke homes sold between $645,000-$199,000.

Burke Home Sales in July, 2012

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Going Tropical in Herndon

Primescape Solutions hosts end of summer event.

The threat of rain didn’t deter more than 100 of Primescape Solutions’ employees and their families from gathering for their third annual End of Summer Celebration at the company’s Herndon headquarters on Saturday, Aug. 25.

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Herndon to Host Labor Day Festival

This year’s 24th annual Herndon Labor Day Festival will feature a wide range of live music, twelve Virginia wineries, local microbreweries, a craft show, sponsorship gallery, culinary demonstrations and a variety of food vendors. The Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation Department produces the event working in conjunction with the Herndon Woman’s Club. Partial proceeds go to scholarship programs.

Northwest Federal Credit Union Announces New CEO

The Board of Directors of Northwest Federal Credit Union has announced the selection of Chris McDonald as the successor CEO to Gerrianne D. "Winky" Burks, who will retire in mid-January after a 41-year career at NWFCU.

Week in Herndon

Deadline for Yard of the Month Nominations

Just in time for early fall gardens, the Town of Herndon Cultivating Community Initiative is accepting nominations for the October Yard of the Month Award.

Letter: ‘Work Sunday’s Thank-you

On behalf of the 20 local faith communities represented on the "Works Sunday" Committee, we write to express our heartfelt thanks to the extraordinary people of Reston and Herndon for their 17th consecutive year of wholehearted support of this unique day of charitable outreach and giving. As in years past, we can only marvel at their overwhelmingly generous response, and assure them of our gratitude, and that of the many people in whose lives they have made a real difference for the good.

Uncertain Future for School Reform

For more than a quarter century the Virginia School Boards Association has been sponsoring a summer program, the "Governor’s Conference on Education." Traditionally the governor has made an appearance as luncheon speaker, but the main program has been a series of small group presentations by teachers, administrators and others of successful practices they have used in their classrooms, schools, or public school systems.

Celebrating Hadassah

Reston resident contributes to the book on life-changing experiences.

Rebecca Krasnegor, of Reston, is one of the 101 authors published in Thin Threads: Real Stories of Hadassah Life Changing Moments, released in the month of August in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Hadassah.

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Complete Failure

Fairfax County says Verizon “failed completely” during June 29 derecho.

The eerie silence is what Steve Souder, Fairfax County’s 911 director, remembers about the night of June 29, when the derecho hit Fairfax County.

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HoneyBaked Honors Reston Store Owner

HoneyBaked, a company with over 400 stores across the country, has named Reston business owner Roxie Curtis its Franchisee of the Year.

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Jared Box Project a Success

Jared Boxes are filled with small toys, books, games and well wishes to lift the spirits of chronically ill children and symbolize the importance of play. The project is named after Jared, a 5-year-old boy who battled cancer with courage. He died Nov. 12, 2000 while listening to his favorite song, "You'll be in my Heart."

Letter: Significance of Wolfe's Case

To the Editor: In a decision highlighting much of what is wrong with the death penalty, the federal court of appeals affirmed habeas corpus relief for Justin Wolfe on the ground of serious prosecutorial misconduct.

Centreview Calendar 8/29

Centreview Calendar 8/29

Letter: Supporting 23-story Building

"Today only one authentic village center and the town center have been built. There are no village centers, other than Lake Anne, with plazas in Reston; nor have the high-density structures planned to support Lake Anne Plaza been built." --Bob Simon, Reston Founder

Week in Reston

Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C. Moves to Reston and Jackson Lewis LLP Adds New Reston Office Partner

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Boutique Bakeshop Opens in Herndon

A new locally owned and operated bakery opens in Herndon this week, The Boutique Bakeshop, open Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays for pick-up only.

Centreview Bulletin Board 8/29

Centreview Bulletin Board 8/29

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Char-a-oke Anyone?

$1 million raised for Fairfax County Public Schools Education Foundation.

Listen, baby… "Ain't no mountain high. Ain't no valley low. Ain't no river wide enough, baby. If you need me, call me. No matter where you are. No matter how far."

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Gallery Har Shalom

The Art of Heat: Encaustic Wax and Fused Glass

Fairfax County Police Traffic Safety Efforts Recognized

The Fairfax County Police Department was recently recognized by two law enforcement organizations which evaluate police traffic safety programs across the Commonwealth and the nation.

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Clifton Car Show on Labor Day

Proceeds to benefit charities.

Featuring street rods, custom and antique cars, muscle and classic cars, and motorcycles, the 13th Annual Labor Day Car Show is Monday, Sept. 3, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., in Clifton.

Arlington Orange Line 8/29

Arlington Orange Line 8/29

Stay to Grow (Restrictions Apply)

Brickyard farm allowed to operate through growing season. Next step: court in September.

Organic farmer Nick Maravell is farming along Brickyard Road on an expired lease. Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr made parameters clear in a letter he sent to Maravell on Aug. 17.

Potomac’s Got Talent

Potomac Community Center gears up for its flagship events to start new school year.

The Potomac Community Center will kickoff the new with Potomac’s Got Talent, a new talent show to be held in conjunction with the Potomac Family Fun Fest on Friday, Sept. 28.

This Week in Potomac: Aug.29, 2012

This week in Potomac: First Day of School, Montgomery’s Gold, Flora Singer Elementary, Safety Tips, Honoring Fallen Ranger, Fall Recreation, Great Falls Stewards, Park After Dark, Democracy in Action, Fluent Election Judges, C&O Canal 5K, Get Involved: County Committees and Honoring WWII Veterans.

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‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ at Signature Theatre

It was known as The Chicken Ranch, a century-old “business” in La Grange, Texas, that earned its nickname for accepting chickens as payment for services rendered.

Arlington Calendar 8/29

Arlington Calendar 8/29

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911's Complete Failure

Fairfax County says Verizon "failed completely" during June 29 derecho.

"It’s like the captain of the Titanic telling passengers the ship hit an iceberg when the bow is on the bottom of the ocean floor." —Steve Souder, Fairfax County 911 Director

Letter: Separate and Unequal - II

Your editorial in the titled "Separate and Unequal ?" [The Connection, July 25-31, 2012], addressed the "eye-popping" disparately low admission of Black and Latino students to Thomas Jefferson High School, and the complaint that this was "in voilation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, and national origin."

Opinion: First Day of School Coming Up

And never too early for parents to get involved.

The first day of school in most of Northern Virginia is Tuesday, Sept. 4. We don't agree with having the General Assembly dictate the first day of school, requiring the start date to be after Labor Day, but starting school after Labor Day does seem more hospitable than the Aug. 27 start in many other areas.

Trawick Prize Announces 2012 Finalists

$14,000 in Prize Money Will be Awarded during September Exhibit

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and the Bethesda Urban Partnership will unveil the work of the finalists for The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards in a group exhibition taking place Sept. 1-29, 2012.

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495 Express Lanes Tested

On Tuesday, Aug. 21, 20 test vehicles traveled the newly completed section of the 495 Express Lanes as part of an on-road test.

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Helping Provide School Supplies for Veterans’ Children

The gift cards are intended to help pay for school supplies and other essentials for the coming school year. The donation continued for the second year of the program.

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Students Riding Buses To Use Vouchers

Overcrowding spotlights problem with “walk backs.”

In a letter sent out to parents in July, Superintendent of Schools Patrick Murphy said that elementary students who live more than one mile from school and middle and high school students who live 1 and a half miles from school will still receive bus transportation.

‘Pride of Vienna’ in Fundraising Campaign

The James Madison High School Band, the "Pride of Vienna," offers one of the finest high school band programs in the U.S. On Sept. 8, the band students (both instrumentalists and color guard) will canvass neighborhoods in the Madison school district to solicit contributions in support of its programs.

Aquatics Center On the Ballot

State-of-the-art facility to be considered by voters this fall.

When they head to the polls this November, voters may be thinking of Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps.

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New Name, New Location, Same Mission

Vienna Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce takes next big step.

It’s official. On Aug. 21, the Vienna Tysons Chamber of Commerce became the Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce, and after more than two decades of doing business in a small, two-storey office building on Maple Street in Vienna, the chamber will soon make the move to new, modern office space at 7925 Jones Branch Drive in the heart of Tysons Corner.

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Back to School Day

School buses unload students on the first day back to school.

McLean Woman Dies Following Car Crash and McLean Teens Assaulted

Police responded to 1856 Kirby Road for the report of a crash. On Tuesday, Aug. 21 shortly before 11 a.m., 81-year-old Beverly Sargent was in her car in her driveway getting ready to head to a local service station.

Michael Weiss Foundation Presents ‘Ice Champions LIVE’

Professional figure skater's foundation brings skating world stars to Northern Virginia.

ichael Weiss, three-time U.S. National Figure Skating Champion and two-time Olympian, is celebrating the eighth annual Michael Weiss Foundation "Ice Champions LIVE" event.

Superintendent Responds to Bus Concerns

The following letter by Superintendent of Schools Patrick K. Murphy was addressed to Arlington Public School families.

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Enjoying Wags n’ Whiskers

More than 35 exhibitors set up tents and booths offering information on pet services, adoptions, accessories, tasty treats and more.

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McLean Boy Scout Troop Receives Summer Camp Honors

Boy Scout Troop 1130, sponsored by Charles Wesley United Methodist Church in McLean, earned the Honor Troop Award at summer camp the week of July 29–Aug. 4 at Rodney Scout Reservation in North East, Md. In achieving the award, the troop received the highest marks, camp-wide, for a clean, safe campsite and participated in a number of camp-wide competitions and events. There were many highlights over the week.

MCC Offers Variety of Programs

The McLean Community Center is offering a bounty of options for classes, trips, special events and performances for residents this fall. The Center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Letter: It’s Income, Not Values

I think the suggestions in recent letters to the editor that the imbalance in admissions at TJ is the result of differing cultural priorities are mistaken.

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President’s Advisor Comes to McLean

Presidential friend and advisor Valerie Jarrett brought President Barack Obama’s pro women’s rights message to McLean.

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Known and Unknown: What Would Candidates Do In Richmond If Elected?

Two candidates in special election say they don't know what bills they would introduce next year.

Voters in next week’s special election will be faced with a choice between the familiar and the unknown in the Sept. 4 special election.

Wednesday, August 29

Arlington Home Sales: July, 2012

In July 2012, 257 Arlington homes sold between $2,100,000-$85,000.

Arlington Home Sales in July, 2012

Alexandria Home Sales: July, 2012

In July 2012, 207 Alexandria homes sold between $1,645,000-$89,000.

Alexandria Home Sales in July, 2012

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Celebrating Middle Eastern Food, Culture

Holy Transfiguration Church hosts 12th annual food and culture festival on Labor Day weekend.

If you love freshly-roasted aromatic meats, rich syrupy pastries, exotic dance and music and very congenial people, you’ll love the ethnic food festival in McLean that brightens Labor Day weekend. For the 12th consecutive year, the parishioners of Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek-Catholic Church on Lewinsville Road are throwing its annual Middle Eastern Food Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2.

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‘Taste’ Benefits Adoptions Together

Annual event seeks to further “forever families” mission.

This event offers a one-of-a-kind chance to taste delectable dishes from every restaurant in Potomac and bid on items in both the silent auction and the live auction — all to help children find “forever families.”

MCC Budget to Be Discussed

The Governing Board of the McLean Community Center (MCC) will hold a finance committee meeting of the whole and a public hearing on the center’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget in September. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.

McLean Area AAUW Used Book Sale on Sept. 14-16

The McLean Area American Association of University Women (AAUW) is holding its 43rd Annual Used Book Sale Sept. 14-16 at the McLean Community Center to raise money in support of AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Letter: Looking for Shelter

I am 83 years old and in a wheelchair now and there is no shade for me anymore because no one thinks of older people, only money.

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New Orange Leaf Draws Crowd

Ribbon-cutting ceremony welcomes Orange Leaf to Cabin John.

“Awesome,” said Jacob Fienberg. “The swirl is just so creamy and good,” said Jack Feldman as he licks his spoon. “It doesn’t really taste like yogurt. It tastes like ice cream,” said Max Miller.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Names Interim Executive Director

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO) Board of Directors announced the appointment of Galen Wixson as its interim executive director through December of 2012. Galen currently serves as the executive director of The Guitar Foundation of America where he has guided the organization through a transition to a new governance and management model, leading to several new program initiatives.

FCPD Traffic Safety Efforts Recognized

The Fairfax County Police Department was recently recognized by two prestigious law enforcement organizations which evaluate police traffic safety programs across the commonwealth and the nation.

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Jade Billows Closes

“I was crying as I ate my last salt and pepper shrimp right before Jade Billows closed,” lamented Potomac’s Debbie Goldberg.

Column: Diagnosed But Not Sick

Having/being diagnosed with cancer/a terminal disease is neither fun nor funny; however, unless I find some humor or wishful thinking in how I approach this situation, I don’t suppose I’ll be approaching it much longer. To me, it’s always been mind over matter, and even though these matters are rather serious, I still don’t mind.

Tuesday, August 28

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Herndon Becoming Cyclist-friendly

Town will submit bicycle facilities resolution for inclusion in county’s plan.

The Herndon Town Council approved bicycle facilities for inclusion in the Fairfax County Bicycle Plan by a five to two vote at their Aug. 14 meeting. Fairfax County commenced planning for bicycle facilities in the comprehensive plan about a year ago. They included incorporated towns Herndon, Vienna and Clifton so there would not be gaps in the network of trails.

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Students Present STEM Projects

Forward Future hosts summer program for 30 teens.

Thirty children from the Herndon and Reston areas presented a series of projects on Thursday, Aug. 23 at the Herndon United Methodist Church, a result of their summer with Forward Future, a local organization dedicated to youth mentoring.

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Reston Rotary Funds Field Trips

Club pays for six schools to receive electronic field trips to Colonial Williamsburg.

The Reston Rotary Club announced the funding of electronic field trips for Dogwood, Forest Edge, Hunters Woods, Lake Anne, Terraset and Fox Mill Elementary schools this year. The trips are hosted by Colonial Williamsburg, and are a series of live internet events and television broadcasts.

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Beach Mill Bridge Postponed

Replacement of temporary bridge will begin June 2013.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has postponed the scheduled replacement of the bridge over Nichols Run on Beach Mill Road. Originally scheduled to close from Aug. 13 to December, construction has been pushed back, and will start after the 2012-13 school year lets out.

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Analemma Raises Funds for Sundial

Sundial designer speaks at library on dial proposed for Observatory Park.

While most of the tools available at Observatory Park at Turner Farm are designed to look upward, there are plans for additional features on the ground as well. The Analemma Society, which hosts programs and facilities at Observatory Park, is raising funds to build a second sundial.

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Teen Center Throws Block Party

Old Firehouse Teen Center hosts revamped annual event.

The Old Firehouse Teen Center in downtown McLean hosted their annual block party on Saturday, Aug. 25, opening up their center for a variety of activities. The event featured the second annual McLean Teens Got Talent variety show, contests between acts and other arts and crafts opportunities.

Welcome to the City of Fairfax!

Creative, historic and fun.

As a Fairfax native, I’ve seen many changes in and around the City of Fairfax. In my role as mayor, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to share my personal thoughts about our community—and what makes this a special place to live, work, play and raise and family.

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How To Register, Vote and Vote Early

Election Day is Nov. 6, but you can vote as early as Sept. 21.

How important is it for Virginia voters to turn out on or before Nov. 6? As a critical “battleground” state, Virginia will be key in determining who will be the next President of the United States. Who will represent Virginia in the U.S. Senate is also too close to call. Since polling shows that there are very few undecided voters in the Commonwealth, every eligible voter will want to be sure to cast a ballot.

Monday, August 27

Army of Appointees Helps Keep County Running

Newcomers & Community Guide

The following individuals have been appointed by Supervisor Gerry Hyland to serve on various county boards, commissions and authorities as representatives of the Mount Vernon District.

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Newcomers Are Needed to Volunteer

Here are four agencies to join.

Altruistic? Enjoy helping others?

The Forces That Shape Mount Vernon

Transit study to relieve Route 1 corridor traffic gridlock; boundary studies to relieve overcrowded schools.

The decision several years ago by the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) to massively expand the Fort Belvoir military base on Route 1 near Woodlawn Plantation will continue to be felt by the Mount Vernon community in many ways and for years to come.

Community Leaders Outline High Priority Local Issues

Community leaders and elected officials detail the issues they see as important in the Mount Vernon area.

Rev. Charles Brock Named as St. James’ Rector

The Rev. Charles F. Brock, most recently associate rector at St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church in Annandale, has accepted a call to be rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Mount Vernon, beginning Sept. 2.

Welcome to Mount Vernon

Welcome to Mount Vernon, an area steeped in history and full of exciting activities.

Editorial: About the Gazette, a Connection Newspaper

The paper you're reading, the Mount Vernon Gazette is one of 15 papers published by the independent, locally owned Local Media Connection LLC, serving the suburbs of Metropolitan Washington in Northern Virginia and Potomac, Md.

Shaping a Route 1 Bypass Proposal

Plan includes “Equestrian Underpass.”

According to supporters of Woodlawn Stables, the Federal Highway Administration has offered an alternative bypass proposal that would allow the riding academy to continue operation, preserve more acreage and build new barn facilities on the remaining property.

Mount Vernon: From a Boy Scout’s Perspective

I was reading your newspaper online, and noticed your request for people to write about their experiences and interests in the community. I thought it would be interesting to write to you from the perspective of Boy Scouts in the Mount Vernon area.

Commentary: Feds Approve Voting Law Changes

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice approved Virginia’s voting law changes for use in the Nov. 6 election. Many are questioning why DOJ approved the changes.

Letter: Expand Use of Sworn Testimony

August is a good month to take a step back and think about what improvements can be made in the discourse occurring in the civic arena. In August, the Board of Supervisors (BOS), Planning Commission (PC), Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), and Park Authority (FCPA) are all in recess along with the MVCCA.

Letter: Supports Natural Resource Parks

I write to clarify the position of the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia on the development of Westgrove Park, in response to Jay Spiegel's Aug. 15 letter to the Mount Vernon Gazette.

Sunday, August 26

Another Death-Row Victory for Wolfe

Federal judge vacates murder and drug convictions, plus sentences.

Message from the court system to Prince William Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert: Be fair and play by the rules, or convictions you’ve obtained by skirting the boundaries of what’s right may eventually be overturned.

Centreview Roundups 8/22

Centreview Roundups 8/22

Looking Ahead: Many Projects Are on the Horizon

New and exciting projects are on the horizon in the Sully District. Below are some of them:

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Supervisor Michael Frey’s View of Centreville

Michael Frey has lived in Centreville’s London Commons community for more than 20 years and has been the Sully District supervisor since the district was created in 1992. So Centre View asked him to explain what he believes makes Centreville so special.

Centreview School Notes 8/22

Centreview School Notes 8/22

CVHS XC Names Runners of the Week

The Wildcat Cross Country team began preparation for the upcoming season with a full slate of practices and an early season time trial.

What Makes Centreville Special

I have loved living in Centreville for 24 years, but my family’s history in the village goes back 150 years to the Civil War.

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Importance of Neighborhood Spirit

Sully Station II, Centreville, is a very active and friendly community with a lot of great events and programs for all ages.

Cherishing Franklin Glen

Franklin Glen has been a wonderful place to raise our family.

Schools Committed to Excellence

Inspiring students to meet high academic standards, lead ethical lives and demonstrate responsible citizenship.

Welcome to Fairfax County! One of the primary reasons you chose to live here may be the excellent reputation of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

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Help Homeless Animals

Dog adoption events are held by Homeless Animals Rescue Team, HART, each Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Petco store, Greenbriar Shopping Towncenter, 13053 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Fairfax.

About Centre View, a Connection Newspaper

Newcomers and Community Guide 2012-2013

The paper you're reading, the Centre View is one of 15 papers published by the independent, locally owned Local Media Connection LLC, serving the suburbs of Metropolitan Washington in Northern Virginia and Potomac, Md.

Centreview Calendar 8/22

Centreview Calendar 8/22

Centreview Bulletin Board 8/22

Centreview Bulletin Board 8/22

nZone to Host Hoops of Hope

Hoops of Hope is coming to the nZone on Saturday, Aug. 25 to raise money for children around the world orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

Saturday, August 25

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Project Highlights Alexandria's Living Legends

Since Alexandria was founded in 1749 it has harbored Living Legends the likes of George Washington and his compatriots, Yankee and Confederate soliders of the Civil War, heroes of World War I and II, and the “Now Generation.” Until five years ago few of these legends were recognized, but then came Nina Tisara and her vision to start an Alexandria Living Legends program.

Residents Value Waterfront, Old Town

Things to do, places to go.

Sitting on the western bank of the Potomac River, the city of Alexandria boasts of a variety of restaurants, retail establishments and historic sights.

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Connect and Contribute

Service and citizen's associations lead community engagement.

Alexandria is home to many diverse neighborhoods, each with its own traditions. As each neighborhood has developed, so have the service groups and citizens associations that provide more than just an opportunity to meet and greet your neighbors.

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There's No Place Like Home

A look at what makes Alexandria unique.

As the hometown of George Washington and Civil War General Robert E. Lee, the city of Alexandria attracts visitors from near and far to enjoy America's historic main streets.

Sign Me Up

These clubs are anything but traditional.

In a tale nearly as old as time, Groucho Marx famously resigned from the Friars' Club in 1949, saying, “I don't want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members.”

Getting Down to Business

Navigating the ABC's of Alexandria.

The acronyms run from ACBA to WEBA and represent various business associations from the waterfront to the West End. Whether you are new to the city or a long-time resident, following is a primer that explains the ABC's of Alexandria.

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Out of Tragedy, a Foundation To Help Others

Alexandria Community Trust is family’s living legacy in honor of Norma Lang Steuerle.

Once there was an Alexandria family of four that regularly acted on an individual’s responsibility to serve others in need. Each member was well educated and appreciated the community’s “diversity of people — racially, financially, in thought and in socio-economic status, that for the most part embraced Alexandria’s potential.” They were givers.

Commentary: A Man (and Woman) About Town

In 1942, Cecelia and her husband, Floyd*, moved into a row home on Duke Street, promising to each other that it would be their last move.

Letter: Elect the Person, Not the Party

After plowing through David Speck’s nearly full-page defense of Alexandria politics status quo, I put down the Gazette Packet, closed my eyes and dared to dream of the day when citizens can elect a person because they share our goals and have the talent to achieve them; not because they cloak themselves in the robes of a political party.

Letter: Doesn’t West End Matter?

Four West End civic associations extended an invitation to Andrew MacDonald and Bill Euille to debate this fall to allow citizens to make an informed decision. As this debate is expected to focus on West End issues, the three dates available were based on Hammond School availability.

Letter: Don’t Minimize Citizens’ Anger

When David Speck (letter to the editor last week) says that if someone isn’t mad at you, you aren’t doing your job right, he implies that it was right for the city to have approved of BRAC-133. If one judges by the number of Alexandrians angered by the construction of this building so far from a metro stop, the city is doing a great job.

Letter: Get Beyond Debating Debates

Mayor Euille is ready and willing to debate his opponent one-on-one. During this busy 2012 election season, Alexandrians have been bombarded by political ads and activities, and Mayor Euille has been more than accommodating to Mr. Macdonald’s interest in debating him. Macdonald seems more focused on politicizing the debate issue rather than focusing on issues that Alexandrians care about.

Editorial: About the Gazette Packet, a Connection Newspaper

The paper you're reading, the Alexandria Gazette Packet is one of 15 papers published by the independent, locally owned Local Media Connection LLC, serving the suburbs of Metropolitan Washington in Northern Virginia and Potomac, Md.

Letter: Moderate Voices Exist

I write this letter in response to David Speck’s commentary here in Opinion (Aug. 16) regarding dominance of the Democrat party in Alexandria City.

Friday, August 24

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North Fairfax County Calendar, Aug. 24-Sept. 2

Events to get you out and about in the area.

Breeze through the events calendar and pick up a few events to spice up and fill out your week.

Opinion: Mindless Slashing

Automatic cuts set to kick in January would harm Northern Virginia more than any other region.

While reducing the federal deficit is critical to the nation's economic health in the long run, the knee jerk, slash and burn method based only on cuts that is coming at us like a freight train will do immense damage to the economy nationally. But no place would feel the pain more intensely than Northern Virginia.

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A Year in Fairfax County

A sampling of some of the cherished, annual events of the county.

A sampling of some of the cherished, annual events of the county.

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Church Street Garage Debated

Proposal submitted under Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act.

“This is an opportunity to get Church Street to work better.” --Mayor M. Jane Seeman

Letter: Labor Outsourcing Is Not the Problem

To the Editor:

President Obama thinks he can score points on Mitt Romney by pointing out that companies acquired by Bain Capital outsourced jobs to other countries. The implication is that there is something unpatriotic in contracting for foreign labor. That is a strange position in this era of globalization, which Obama claims to favor.

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Ryan Gets a Warm Welcome

GOP Victory Rally with VP candidate Paul Ryan fills West Springfield HS Auditorium.

“I’m here because I’m tired of looking for my career. I hope this ticket and these people can make a difference and give us job opportunities.” That’s why Jay H. from Herndon says he drove all the way to attend the GOP Victory Rally at West Springfield High School on Friday, Aug. 17, featuring VP candidate Paul Ryan on his campaign swing through Virginia. A 2011 graduate from a local college with a degree in business, Jay says he has been looking for “something more than a job in retail” since then.

Lorton Insiders Perspective

What’s the greatest thing about living in Lorton?

Residents share their greatest joys and biggest tips for living in the area.

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My Favorite Places

Lisa Whetzel, executive director of Our Daily Bread in Fairfax

Lisa Whetzel, executive director of Our Daily Bread in Fairfax, shares her favorite local places.

Insiders Perspective

What is the best thing about living in Clifton?

"My favorite thing about living in Clifton is the big properties, so there's so much room to run around..."

Raising Wally and Polly

A McLean family finds, raises baby squirrels.

It was back in the 1970s in McLean. Coming home from school one afternoon, our two younger children, Lisa, 9, and Steven, 7, found a tiny rolled-up ball of fur lying under the maple tree out in front of our Lemon Road house. It was too big to be a baby mouse and too small to be a baby kitten. It turned out to be a baby squirrel which must have fallen out of a nest high up in the tree out in front. Bill hauled out his trusty painter’s ladder, rested it up against the trunk, climbed up and put the tiny creature back into its nest. He said there was another baby already up there.

Preserving Summer Memories

Reflections of the Great Falls Farmers Market’s ‘Jelly Girls.’

We have completed our last Saturday at the Great Falls Farmers Market and we are heading back to Christopher Newport University. We are looking back on what a great idea it was to start a jelly-making business and get our feet wet at the Farmers Market. It was so much fun! We enjoyed talking to customers about how we prepare our jellies and it was such a treat when a customer came back the second time.

County Fumbles Plan for Rail, Reston Future-Part 1

Next year rail service will finally arrive. It will drive a transformation of our community from suburban to urban, from a population of 60,000 to twice that in twenty years. But neither the infrastructure to support the transformation nor a land-use plan to assure an orderly transition or attractive outcome for residents is in place. Fairfax County and the Virginia Commonwealth are inexplicably unprepared for this transition despite having had many years to plan for it.

Bob Simon’s Favorite Events, Places in Reston

Reston’s founder, Bob Simon, joins the Reston Connection’s Insiders Guide by sharing his list of top ten favorite events and places in Reston.

Reston’s founder, Bob Simon, joins the Reston Connection’s Insiders Guide by sharing his list of top ten favorite events and places in Reston.

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What Makes Reston a Great Place to Live

Reston residents discuss their favorite places, activities.

Linda Holloway, a resident of Reston since 1970, calls herself ”a very part-time bookseller and a full-time lover of books,” as she stands in front of the cash register at the Reston Used Book Shop at Lake Anne. It may come as a surprise to longtime residents of Reston, but “many people don’t know where we are,” said Holloway. Even so, “I love the whole Lake Anne area. It’s where it all started…it’s a cool place and I feel like I’ve come home,” said Holloway.

Thursday, August 23

Potomac Entertainment Calendar, Aug. 22, 2012

Email community entertainment events to Deadline is Thursday at noon. Photos and artwork encouraged.

How To Vote in Maryland, What's on the Ballot?

To vote in the general election on Nov. 6, you must be registered to vote at your current address by Oct. 16.

Editorial: About the Almanac, a Connection Newspaper

The paper you're reading, the Potomac Almanac is one of 15 papers published by the independent, locally owned Local Media Connection LLC, serving the suburbs of Metropolitan Washington in Northern Virginia and Potomac.

Rotary Hosts Speaker on Swat Relief Initiative

The Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club's speaker at the Normandie Farm Restaurant for Thursday, Aug. 30 is Zebu Jilani, president of the Swat Relief Initiative.

Viewpoints: What’s Best about Living in Potomac?

We live in one of the most beautiful areas of the United States — and Potomac Village is no exception.

Get To Know Elected Officials

Get To Know Elected Officials

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Potomac History by the Numbers

Potomac History by the Numbers

Get Involved: West Montgomery County Citizens Association

Potomac’s umbrella citizens association.

In 1964, the Montgomery County Council adopted the General Plan "On Wedges and Corridors." This plan established land use guidelines for the County and set the standard for local and area master plans. The General Plan "envisioned the Potomac Subregion as a low density residential wedge area, which would complement the developed I-270 corridor."

Opinion: About the Connection

Newcomers and Community Guide 2012-2013

The independent, locally owned Local Media Connection LLC publishes 15 papers serving the suburbs of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. in Northern Virginia and Potomac, Md. Our flagship paper, the Alexandria Gazette Packet, is one of the oldest continuously publishing papers in the country, beginning publication in 1784.

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Reston Insiders Perspective

What is the greatest thing about living in Reston?

Everyone knows that the best advice comes from experience--and that's true even in the small things. Newcomers and old-timers alike can find a refreshing look at what we love about Reston herein. Looking for the best place to eat? Forget yelp and find a local blog or ask a neighbor. Wondering about the places to be on the weekend? Finding an in-the-know peer can be the antidote to a all kinds of boredom. So, c'mon, you've got no excuse: do your research and get exploring.

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Vienna Insiders Perspective

What makes living in Vienna special?

Everyone knows that the best advice comes from experience--and that's true even in the small things. Newcomers and old-timers alike can find a refreshing look at what we love about Vienna herein. Looking for the best place to eat? Forget yelp and find a local blog or ask a neighbor. Wondering about the places to be on the weekend? Finding an in-the-know peer can be the antidote to a all kinds of boredom. So, c'mon, you've got no excuse: do your research and get exploring.

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State Senator Shares Places-to-See

Q&A With Chap Petersen

Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen (D-34) represents central and western Fairfax in the Virginia State Senate. He grew up and lives in Fairfax City.

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Oakton Senior Loves Her Girlhood Home

86-year-old Pat Price lives in house she was raised in.

Pat Price lives in her girlhood home in Oakton. Not in the same place, but in the same house. Price is 86 years old now. Her Oakton bonds go back to before 1850 when her great-grandmother took over as Oakton School’s first teacher. A great-grandfather fought in the Civil War. Her “people,” as she refers to her ancestors, have been in the Vienna-Oakton area for more than 150 years.

Ed Dixon: One Night Only at Signature

Signature Theatre will host a one-night performance and book-signing featuring Broadway star and Helen Hayes Award-winner Ed Dixon.

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Free Fun in Vienna

There’s a bit of free something for all around town.

From free concerts on the Town Green to Civil War-era exhibitions and festivals to presentations, there are lots of free things to do in the Vienna area for every age group. Even those not-quite-free things are a bargain for what you get. The restored and newly-repainted red caboose across the street from Freeman House is maintained by the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna. Children are always welcome to climb aboard, but once a month or on special occasions, the Optimists open the doors to the caboose for the public to walk through.

‘Beyond The Parking Lot’ at Artisphere Aug. 24 – Nov. 4

Inspired by the Joni Mitchell song, “Big Yellow Taxi” where “they paved paradise and they put up a parking lot,” Artisphere's visual art exhibition Beyond the Parking Lot will motivate the viewer to think how we have used and deserted the land that surrounds us in our everyday life.

Arlington Orange Line 8/22

Arlington Orange Line 8/22

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Great Falls Insiders Perspective

What are the greatest things about living in Great Falls?

Everyone knows that the best advice comes from experience--and that's true even in the small things. Newcomers and old-timers alike can find a refreshing look at what we love about Great Falls herein. Looking for the best place to eat? Forget yelp and find a local blog or ask a neighbor. Wondering about the places to be on the weekend? Finding an in-the-know peer can be the antidote to a all kinds of boredom. So, c'mon, you've got no excuse: do your research and get exploring.

Arlington Calendar 8/22

Arlington Calendar 8/22

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South Fairfax County Calendar, Aug. 22-Sept. 2

Events in Burke, Fairfax, Fairfax Station and Springfield.

Go ahead, plan your weekend now. The Connection brings you a list of events in southern Fairfax County. Send notes to the Connection at or call 703-778-9416. All submission are due by Friday at 5 p.m., one week prior to the event. Dated announcements should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.

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Senior Citizens

"Flourishing After 55"

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for Sept. 4-8.

About the Connection

The paper you're reading, the Arlington Connection is one of 15 papers published by the independent, locally owned Local Media Connection LLC, serving the suburbs of Metropolitan Washington in Northern Virginia and Potomac, Md.

Get Involved: Volunteer in Arlington

For more details, contact Volunteer Arlington at 703-228-1760 or

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Small-Town Metropolis

Importance of neighborhoods.

As the squeaking of sneakers on a basketball court and the rhythmic sounds of a competitive ping-pong game played in the background among the sounds of a busy Monday evening in the Gunston Community Center, Christopher Zimmerman, a member of the Arlington County Board, stated that his favorite part about the Arlington community was that it, indeed, was a community.

Meet the Arlington School Board

The Arlington School Board has five members who serve overlapping four-year terms.

Meet the Arlington County Board

Since 1930, the county has been governed by a five-member County Board rather than a County Board of Supervisors. Board members are elected at-large for staggered four year terms, and the chairmanship rotates annually.

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Don’t Miss: 2012-2013 Potomac Event Highlights

2012-2013 Potomac Event Highlights

Newcomers and Community Guide

What’s on November’s Ballot?

From municipal bond initiatives to a hotly contested race for the United States Senate, the Arlington ballot has a wide range of items on the Nov. 6 ballot. Here’s a look at what voters will see when they head to the polls.

Newcomers' Guide

Newcomers' Guide

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30th Annual Potomac Day Celebrates Community Spirit

Call for former “Citizens of the Year” to return for this special celebration.

Potomac Day is the most anticipated event in Potomac Village in the fall. Residents look forward to the grand parade, pony rides, petting zoo, pizza, classic car show, business fair and children’s festival.

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The Story of Our Place—Great Falls, Virginia

Perspective from the president of the Great Falls Historical Society.

We have chosen to make our homes on a village of land where the footsteps of George Washington still echo. From the land close to Difficult Run Stream Valley (where the Colvin Run Mill now stands on Colvin Run Road) that he once owned and envisioned that a grain mill would stand, to the Powtomack (Potomac) Canal System at the foot of Seneca Road with its Lock system at Great Falls Park, which he envisioned as a transport system for farmers to move their grain down toward Alexandria for export, George Washington surveyed, knew the potential of, owned and invested in the development of important pieces of our specific place, now called Great Falls.

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Locals cautiously optimistic about $200 million Springfield Mall transformation.

Locals cautiously optimistic about $200 million Springfield Mall transformation.

The joke among Springfield "insiders" is that if Vornado’s developers wait long enough, they won’t have to spend money demolishing Springfield Mall, because it will fall apart of its own volition.

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Appreciating the Neighborliness of Westover

Small-town living midst Arlington’s urban growth.


Remembering Their Sacrifice

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum commemorates first mass Civil War evacuation.

"By midnight, there must have been three thousand helpless men lying in the hay. All night long we made compresses and slings and bound up and wet wounds when we could get water…" —From the writings of Clara Barton, after tending to the wounded in the battles of Second Manassas and Ox Hill in late August, 1862.

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Dancing at Historic Colvin Run Community Hall

80 years of bringing the community together to dance the night away.

You don’t have to be a star to dance with the Colvin Run Dancers at the historic Colvin Run Community Hall in Great Falls. You could be a novice at social ballroom dancing who took a few lessons to prepare for your wedding just like Alane and Ralph Dashner were when they discovered the weekly dances held at the Colvin Run Community Hall not far from their home in Great Falls.


What do you like best about living in Arlington?

Chloe Davis: "I grew up here and I love the diversity. It's a dense population but there are people here from all over the world."

Explore & Enjoy

A sample of attractions the area offers.

The miniature Central Pacific Huntington steam engine at Burke Lake Park has been a popular ride for 40 years.

Celebrate Great Falls Foundation Invites Residents to Get Involved

The Celebrate Great Falls Foundation wants residents of all ages to volunteer, serve as members of the Steering Committee, or volunteer with graphic design, website updates, fundraising or other areas of expertise or interest. “We are always happy to hear from people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and make something happen in their community,” said President Candace Campbell. “The more new faces, the better. Even if you just want to submit ideas for ways we could do things better, we’d love to hear from you.”

Enjoy the Music, Enjoy the Wine

Crystal City Water Park entertains Friday evenings in September.

Fine vintages, live music, tasty fare and friendly crowds, all in a scenic outdoor venue, make Friday evenings at the Crystal City Water Park one of Arlington’s most entertaining hidden gems.

Why I Love Potomac

Close to Washington D.C. but with lush green neighborhoods edged by parks and trails through stream valleys leading to our most well known natural attraction, the C&O Canal National Historic Park, which stretches a ribbon of green 184 miles along the Potomac River edged by a tow- path trail that runs from Cumberland to Georgetown.

Date Night Means Columbia Pike

Convenient location for an evening out.

For off the beaten path fun in Arlington, consider an evening out at the 2900 block of Columbia Pike. With Thai food, film, comedy and live music all in one convenient location, make it a date night to remember.

True or False?

1) Arlington County’s written history goes back to Captain John Smith’s voyage up the Potomac in 1608.

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Year Round Newcomers' Calendar

Things to do all year long.

Be a Braddock Insider

What every newcomer should know about living, working and playing in the Braddock District.

Braddock is very much a district of neighborhoods, a rarity in busy and booming Fairfax.

Welcome Newcomers, Enjoy Potomac’s Beauty

If you are a newcomer to Potomac, you are in for a real treat — as living there for 20-plus years showed me every day.

My Favorite Places

State delegate shares tips on places to see, things to do.

State delegate shares tips on places to see, things to do.

For Young and Old

Arlington offers range of activities.

Arlington County is bustling with activities, events and places to socialize.

Getting to Know Area High Schools’ Sports

Getting to Know Area High Schools’ Sports

Insiders Perspective

What is the best thing about living in Burke?

What is the best thing about living in Burke?

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Hidden History of St. Asaph Racetrack

Del Ray was once home to an infamous gambling operation creating by a double-dealing senator.

You’d never know it today, but Del Ray was once the capital of gambling in Northern Virginia.

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Voters to Have Final Say on Waterfront Plan as Legal Challenges Linger

Boat Club occupies the Strand as tensions mount over controversial small-area plan.

Last weekend, members of the Old Dominion Boat Club staged an annual ritual that’s something of a cross between a tailgating party and Occupy Wall Street. Every year, members shut down a section of the Strand for several hours to make sure everybody knows that the land is officially Boat Club property. The yearly affirmation usually goes without much notice.

Wednesday, August 22

Read It Before It Even Hits the Press

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Classified Advertising Aug. 22, 2012

Read the latest Home and Garden, Employment and Classifieds here!

Column: Life in the Cancer Lane

Having been there and done that now for three and a half years certainly helps. And however familiar it may be and/or has become, it doesn’t exactly help to pass the time or affect the results, unfortunately. Cancer sucks! That much is clear. Now and in the future.

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Riverside Estates Median Clean-up

Residents of Riverside Estates volunteered on May 4 to do a little clean-up on the median strips bordering the residential community off Old Mount Vernon Road. Throughout the morning volunteers cleared weeds and trash in the flower beds and added mulch to the shrubs and bushes along the roadside.

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Madeleine Steppel Finds Recipe for Success

Reston resident dines with president and first lady.

One night a few weeks ago, while she was at Camp Louise in Maryland, Madeleine Steppel, 9, of Reston headed to the administration building to wait for a call. Once she got to the building, known around camp as "the White House," the call came in: she had won a trip to the real White House for lunch with first lady Michelle Obama.

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Herndon’s History on Display

Town’s rail history still major part of downtown.

Commander William L. Herndon, never actually set foot in the town that bears his name. The naval commander died 22 years before the town was founded, going down with his ship, the S.S. Central American, when it sank in Sept. 1957 off the coast of Cape Hatteras, loaded with three tons of gold.

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Herndon Home to Many Popular Restaurants

More than 100 restaurants offer food from more than 30 cultures.

Herndon’s signature restaurant is, according to many locals, Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern. Owner Jimmy Cirrito, a native of upstate New York, signed his lease on Veterans Day, 1996, and has been a fixture of the community ever since.

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Strategic Plan Looks to Further Simon’s Ideals

Reston Association plans for new properties, service needs to 2016.

When Robert Simon used the proceeds from the sale of Carnegie Hall to buy almost 7,000 acres of Virginia farmland in March 1961, he founded a community with a plan. A place where residents could live, work and play in a variety of housing types with a variety of recreational opportunities. For the community’s first 50 years, those principals guided the community’s development and governance.

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Finding Recreation in Reston

Trails, tennis, pools offer variety of opportunities.

As avid outdoorsman, Larry Butler says he spends his vacations getting as far away from civilization as possible. As the director of Parks and Recreation for the Reston Association, he knows places in Reston offer something similar.

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Great Falls Exxon Station to Close

Community concerned about losing one of two gas stations, TD Bank preparing application for site.

The Exxon station at the corner of Walker Road and Georgetown Pike will cease pumping gas Sept. 1, and will cease all operations by March of next year. Starting Sept. 1, the underground fuel tanks will be removed, which will cease pumping gas. The current service operator will maintain services until February 2013, then they will move to the Shell service station across the street.

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Community Meets at Old Brogue

Katie’s Coffee House, Cars and Coffee, traditional Irish fare are signatures of local restaurant.

On most Saturday mornings, Matt Borland of Falls Church is up before sunrise, washing and waxing his red and white 1965 Mustang. Though Saturday is only one of two mornings during the week Borland doesn’t have to be in Washington, D.C. by 8 a.m., he doesn’t mind getting up early, he has a purpose.

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Great Falls Has Development Standards

Comprehensive plan, community involvement, designed to keep semi-rural character.

With an area of just under 18 square miles and one of the lowest densities in the county, Great Falls is designed to have a semi-rural character. The Great Falls Citizens Association, a non-partisan committee made up of residents, has as a primary goal to "preserve the historic, low density semi-rural character of Great Falls and its natural resources."

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Main Street Envisioned for McLean

What is in store for downtown McLean?

While Tysons Corner is where most of the attention, construction and business headquarters are located, McLean’s actual downtown is a much more traditional downtown area. Home to local businesses and nationally acclaimed restaurants, McLean’s downtown is also undergoing some improvements of its own.

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A Center of Community Life

McLean Community Center offers something for everybody.

Founded in 1970, the McLean Community Center aims to connect residents of almost every age and interest. It is funded by a tax district that collects 2.2 cents for every $100 of assessed real estate value in the district.

Friday, August 17

Nearly 800 Jobs Added to the Local Economy

Information technology firms and professional service companies see growth.

Information technology firms continue to do well in a sluggish economy, according to a new report from the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA). During the second quarter of 2012, the FCEDA provided services and resources to 33 businesses that are adding almost 800 jobs in Fairfax County. Most of these businesses are in the information technology and professional services sectors and four are foreign-based firms using a Fairfax County location to expand in North America.

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Minority-Owned Businesses Prosper in Fairfax County

Companies generate more than $1 billion in revenue and provide more than 1,000 jobs.

Businesses owned by Hispanics, African-Americans and women shine in Fairfax County, according to the latest national rankings for largest or fastest-growing companies. "Fairfax County is proud to be a community in which companies of all descriptions can and do succeed to a greater extent than in the rest of the region, the state or the country," said Gerald L. Gordon, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, which supports and monitors the growth of local businesses. Eleven Fairfax County-based companies are among the 500 largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the nation based on revenue — more than the total in 40 states, according to a recent report by The Fairfax County companies are among 22 from Virginia on the 2012 Hispanic Business 500 list.

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Time for School

Advice on how to transition from a laid-back summer to a hectic academic year.

When Ellen Feldman’s 5-year-old son started school for last fall, one of the biggest adjustments for the single mother of two was having to adhere to a schedule. “All of a sudden we went from being able to do things on our own time frame to having to wake up and be at a certain place at a certain time,” said Feldman. “Sending my son off to school for the first time was exciting, but also difficult.”

Thursday, August 16

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$30,000 to Community Lodgings

Walmart funds after-school programs for teens.

No sooner had Community Lodgings Executive Director Bonnie Baxley been presented a check for $30,000 from Walmart store manager William Hunsucker, she asked for more. “Do you have any tents?” she queried.

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Mayhem and Marathons

LTA performance raises $7,500 for local charities.

The madness and mayhem, not to mention the meat pies, were the theme of the night as Brooke Curran and ACT's Running Brooke Fund raised more than $7,500 for local charities including ACTion Alexandria, Community Lodgings, The Reading Connection, Child and Family Network Centers and Girls on the Run at a special benefit performance of “Sweeney Todd” Aug. 7 at The Little Theatre of Alexandria.

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Food, Fun And Festivities

Neighbors, firefighters and police celebrate National Night Out.

It could have been just an ordinary Tuesday night — families eating quiet dinners in their homes, behind closed doors. But instead, last Tuesday, Aug. 7, residents of Centreville’s Sully Station II community joined together in four neighborhoods for outdoor block parties.

Dog Days of August

Celebrate the Dog Days of August in poems and pictures. Alexandria's poet laureate, Amy Young, invites the residents of Alexandria to visit their local dog parks from Aug. 18-26 to view poems written and submitted by Alexandria residents in honor of the dogs in their lives.

Centreville Roundups 8/16


‘Born to Be an Educator’

Franklin band director retires after 28 years.

Lawrence Walker was at Franklin Middle when it opened in 1984. But now, after 30 years with Fairfax County Public Schools — 28 of them at Franklin — the school’s band director has retired.

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Journey of Hope

T.C. grad cycles 4,000 miles for disability awareness.

As the strains of Bruce Springsteen's “Born in the USA” blared out over crowd, more than 50 friends, family members and fellow T.C. Williams graduates gathered on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Aug. 5 to watch Alexandria's Louis Barnett cross the finish line in the 25th Annual Journey of Hope bike ride across America.

Pakistan Festival at Bull Run Park

The Pakistani-American community will celebrate the 65th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence at the Pakistan Festival on Aug. 26 at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville.

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Theatre Sports Summer Camp

West Potomac High School drama instructor Phillip Clark held a week-long camp in the art of Theatre Sports.

Editorial: Starting School Prepared

First day of school is Sept. 4; local nonprofits provide school supplies and weekend food.

With school beginning in a few weeks, area charitable organizations have been collecting contributions of new backpacks, calculators, other school supplies, money and gift cards and winter coats to help the tens of thousands of truly needy Northern Virginia students.

Classified Advertising Aug. 15, 2012

Read the latest Classified, Home and Garden and Employment!

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Making Ice Cream, Colonial-Style

As the temperature and humidity raced toward 90 on Aug. 4, chocolate ice cream was being made in the green house at the Mount Vernon Estate.

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2012 Best Buddies Challenge

The 2012 Best Buddies Challenge Little Rascals Team members invite you to their All-Afternoon Music Jam FUNdraiser, Sunday, Aug. 26th from noon to 6 p.m. at Sully's Restaurant.

The Week in Potomac, Aug. 15, 2012

The Week in Potomac: No Referendum?; Honoring WWII Veterans; November Ballot Charter ; Zoning Rewrite Project; Repairs at Angler’s; Fall Recreation; Great Falls Stewards; C&O Canal 5K; Honoring Fallen Ranger; Park After Dark; Democracy in Action; Fluent Election Judges; Get Involved: County Committees

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Vienna Woman Follows a Slippery Slope

Madison grad training for skeleton in winter Olympics

Since graduating from Elon University, Veronica Day’s life has gone downhill. And well it should be because Day, a Madison High School graduate in 2007 who was track and field three-time All-State, who broke Elon’s track and field records, is at the U.S. Olympic Committee’s training facility at Lake Placid, honing her skill at "skeleton," a relative of luge and bobsled. She’s preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

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Teaching a Love of Music

Summer Strings Camp culminates in concert.

At the Summer Strings Camp, young musicians come together to share a love of music and gain experience playing in an orchestra. Held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in McLean, the camp runs for seven days and culminates in a concert to showcase the students’ best material.

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Making Beautiful Music

Students participate in Franklin’s Band and Orchestra Camp.

Take 710 students, 35 teachers and musical instruments of every size and shape and you get Franklin Middle School’s Band and Orchestra Camp.

A Weekend in Reston: Fun, Friends and Family

Weekends in Reston are filled with fun, friends and family: with fifteen pools, four lakes, the town center and much more, possibilities are endless.

Bethesda Country Club To Host Wounded Warrior Tournament

Annual event returns Aug. 20.

In 2005, Jim Estes, director of golf at Olney Golf Park began teaching injured servicemen and women to play golf — many of them amputees, many with prostheses. He took the job so seriously that he practiced raising his right leg and hitting the ball off his left leg for hours as he tried to figure out the best way for one-legged people to hit the ball.

Pies Tackles National Competition

Local golfer qualifies for USGA Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament.

The U.S. Golf Association Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament is the most prestigious golf tournament for amateurs in the United States — and Potomac’s Rusty Pies qualified for the second year in a row. The tournament will be held Aug. 13 - 19 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.

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Targeted for Appearance

Jasmine Kang of Vienna, a second year student at the University of Virginia, reflects on hate crimes against Sikhs.

Every morning, as my father leaves for work, I worry that something bad will happen to him.

Fighting Crime, Discretely

App offers discrete method of sending tips to police.

Herndon native and chief executive officer of CrimePush, Shayan Pahlevani, is considering donating the CrimePush app, which allows users to discretely report crime, to the Herndon Police Department.

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Residents Blast Pepco

‘It Wasn’t a Sustainable Place To Live’

The Maryland Public Service Commission held the first of eight public hearings across the state this month to ask residents about experiences during the June 29 Derecho Storm. More than 200 citizens attended the public hearing at Montgomery County Council headquarters in Rockville Tuesday, Aug. 7.

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‘Must Love Cars’ Exhibit at Katie’s Coffee

In a series that includes classic racecars from the 60’s and 70’s, Mraz’s artwork uses torn bits of recycled automotive and fashion magazines. Her treatment of materials leads viewers through a visual journey that begins with simple images but quickly shifts to the complex.

Rail Association Reaches Milestone


Commentary by State Delegate (D-36) Kenneth R. "Ken" Plum

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Glassman Honored as Legionnaire of the Year

Vietnam veteran first to win award in history of Post 24.

Lorton resident Jim Glassman walked into American Legion Post 24 on July 25 expecting the executive committee meeting he was attending to be routine.

Lorton Teen Takes the Role of Billy Elliot

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center’s (MFAC) former student, Ben Cook, 14, of Lorton, is featured in the national tour of the Tony Award -winning musical “Billy Elliot” in the lead role of Billy Elliot.

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Senior Flash Mob at County Fair

The annual Arlington County Fair was just gearing up on Friday, Aug. 10 for the evening crowd as 60 or more senior citizens walked and then began dancing on the new turf playing field.

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A Life in Music

Fairfax Station native Stuart Stephenson sees music as ‘most important part’ of his life.

With a commanding mastery of his instrument, Stuart Stephenson will be performing at the upcoming Tanglewood Festival on Sunday, Aug. 19.

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Tiny Dancers Receives Top Honors

Tiny Dancers, located in the heart of Fairfax City, has been voted Best Ballet or Dance Studio in the July 2012 issue of Washington Family Magazine.

Meeting Marilyn Monroe

As a bridal consultant, Doreen Provost helped to dress Monroe for her wedding ceremony with Joe DiMaggio.

In 1952, Doreen Provost finished college at UCLA and was hired as an assistant buyer in the bridal department at the Joseph Magnin Company, which was a high-end department store specializing in women’s fashion in San Francisco.

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Transcending Fear With Messages of Hope

Fairfax Station Sikh temple holds candlelight vigil to honor victims of Wis. shootings.

It was an evening of unity, resilience and hope as more than 300 people of all faiths gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Sikh temple in Fairfax Station on Thursday, Aug. 9, less than a week after a gunman opened fire at a Sikh temple in Wis., killing six and injuring three.

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Jazz Samba Project

Local singer to perform at Kennedy Center Aug. 17.

Veronneau performs at the Kennedy Center at the Millennium Stage, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m.

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‘Primary’ Numbers: 7100 + Upgrade = 286

Fairfax County Parkway gets new number, upgrades as “primary” road.

Since 1987, the Fairfax County Parkway has been known as Route 7100 for the estimated 75,000 motorists who travel the 32-mile parkway each day.

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Pakistani-American Community to Celebrate Anniversary

The Pakistani-American community will celebrate the 65th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence at the Pakistan Festival on Sunday, Aug. 26, at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville.

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Clifton Car Show on Labor Day, Sept. 3, 2012

Featuring street rods, custom and antique cars, muscle and classic cars, and motorcycles, the 13th Annual Labor Day Car Show is Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., in Clifton.

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Waterfront Politics Unfold in the Courtroom and on the Campaign Trail

Three separate lawsuits still moving forward as mayoral campaign heats up.

For those keeping score in the ongoing war over the Alexandria waterfront, opponents have scored one major victory and supporters have scored one major victory.

Week in Alexandria

Seven Alexandria businesses got stung last weekend during a regularly scheduled crackdown on businesses that sell alcohol to minors.

On the Campaign Trail

So far, three-term Mayor Bill Euille has yet to agree to a one-on-one debate with independent challenger and former Vice Mayor Andrew Macdonald.

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Three-Way Race for the House of Delegates Special Election

Voters to choose between Democrat, Republican and Libertarian in lightning-fast campaign.

Voters in the special election for the House of Delegates have a variety of choices, offering candidates on the left and the right and somewhere in between.

Wednesday, August 15

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Organic Farmer Sent Packing?

Judge Robert A. Greenberg of Circuit Court issues stay Tuesday, effects unclear.

Editor’s note: As the Almanac headed to press on Tuesday, the effects of two court proceedings and the governor’s opinion cast uncertainty over county plans to take control of the Brickyard organic farm on Aug. 16 to turn it into soccer fields. This story was written Tuesday before the conclusion of the hearings.

Inmates’ Educational Efforts Praised

The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office hosted a graduation ceremony July 19 to honor the recent educational accomplishments of 14 inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center. Sheriff Dana Lawhorne congratulated the inmates not only for their special achievements but for challenging themselves and investing in their future.

Video Receives Public Relations Award

A video of Virginia’s legal leaders discussing the issue of attorneys and substance abuse received a Capital Merit Award during the 65th Virginia Public Relations Awards ceremony held in May at The Jefferson Hotel.

Tiny Dancers Receives Top Honors

Tiny Dancers, located on S. Washington Street in Old Town, has been voted “Best Ballet or Dance Studio”' in the July 2012 issue of Washington Family Magazine. This is the third year in a row that the company has received this award.

Poetry AX 8/15/2012

3 poems about The Athenaeum's current art show

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Quarterback Henderson Set to Excel at Lake Braddock

Former West Potomac coaches join Bruins’ staff.

After a strong sophomore year at West Potomac, quarterback Caleb Henderson enters his junior season as a member of the Lake Braddock football team.

Ireton Looking To Match, Eclipse Last Year’s Success

Cardinals’ 2011 season ended in heartbreaking fashion.

The Bishop Ireton football team looks to maintain its winning ways.

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Stewart a Humble Star for Yorktown Football Team

Patriots enter 2012 with talent at skill positions, strong defense.

The Yorktown football team has many weapons on offense.

Summer is Hummin’ at Signature

The Washington Theatre community has joined forces to present the inaugural Summer Hummer, a bawdy, vaudeville-type variety show to benefit Taking Care of Our Own, a new initiative assisting D.C.-area theatre professionals and artists in personal emergency situations. Monday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. The show is for audiences 18 years and older.

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Cheti Aids Students in Tanzania

Arlington-based charity focuses on education.

Cheti, a new charity based in Arlington, is an educational development program that strives to aid the impoverished people of Tanzania, Africa by providing funds to local schools and aiding students in acquiring a higher level of education.

Column: A Pill a Day…

Hopefully will keep the cancer at bay. (I’d say “away,” but let’s be realistic, three and a half years past a NSCLC diagnosis, there is no way, generally speaking, that stage IV lung cancer disappears into the ether; it’s classified as stage IV for a reason.

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Shim, Weiss Lead Churchill Field Hockey in 2012

Bulldogs looking to build on 2011 region runner-up finish.

The Churchill field hockey team looks reached the 4A West Region championship game last season.

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Arlington Voters to Determine Fate of Capital-Improvement Projects This November

From a new aquatics center to paving roads, bond initiatives tend to be popular.

It’s been more than 20 years since a bond referendum failed in Arlington, an indication of how popular the spending items are with voters in the county.

Tuesday, August 14

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Artists Pay Tribute to Margaret’s Garden

ArtSpace exhibit features inspiration from local gardener.

Almost 50 years ago, Margaret Thomas moved to Herndon, and after the death of her husband in 1974, she began using her five-acre farm to grow irises, selling them by the bunch for 75 cents each. Since then, the gardens surrounding her house became a haven for local artists and floral enthusiasts alike, open until sundown to anyone that wanted to take a look.

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Reston Youth Cheer Kicks Off Season

Youth cheerleading group performs at competitions, RYC football games.

Reston Youth Cheer, an organization that allows girls to learn how to become cheerleaders, has kicked off their latest season, with summer practices beginning Tuesday, Aug. 7. The group, which features cheerleaders as young as kindergarten age, practices at Langston Hughes Middle School.

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Triathletes Swim, Bike and Run in Reston

Second annual youth triathlon raises scholarship funds.

Two hundred and fifty children spent their Sunday morning swimming, biking and running around Langston Hughes Middle School and South Lakes High School on Aug. 12 as part of the second annual Reston Children’s Triathlon, hosted by the YMCA, Fairfax County, Reston and the Reston Association.

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Langley Fork Master Plan Delayed

Park authority to conduct additional studies of 54-acre park.

The Fairfax County Park Authority has announced a delay in the master planning process for Langley Fork Park, a 54-acre site located just north of the intersection of Georgetown Pike and Dolley Madison Boulevard. The park, which contains two diamond fields, two rectangle fields, basketball courts and a fitness trail, is owned by the National Park Service.

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Local Students Become Scientists in Training

George Mason University hosts science summer camp.

About 50 local students spent part of the summer transforming water into oxygen and trying to create a self-sustaining colony on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn at a two-week summer camp.

Monday, August 13

Letter: No Enemies on TJ Admissions Front

To the Editor:

FCPS is not being honest, straightforward or holding itself accountable for the fact that too few of these disadvantaged kids are achieving as well as others relative to their populations and too few are fostered appropriately so they can be identified for and take advantage of advanced curricula, including advanced academic programs (AAP) and thence TJ and high school honors, AP and IB programs. The leaders in this system have had years to figure out how to make serious improvements, but they have hidden and spun or not even bothered to gather data and have excluded individuals and groups that could be partners in resolving this situation. Thus, we have a segregated system, as the data show.

Friday, August 10

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Friendship Firehouse Marks 238th Birthday

The 100 block of S. Alfred Street was blocked off on Saturday, Aug. 5 for the annual Friendship Firehouse birthday celebration.

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In With the Old

Vintage Mirage celebrates new location.

After serving Alexandria for eight years at 210 N. Lee St., Elinor Coleman's Vintage Mirage celebrated its recent relocation with a wine and cheese reception July 26 at the new location on South Columbus Street.

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Oh, What A Night!

National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships.

The enthusiasm was infectious across Alexandria as dozens of neighborhoods came together Aug. 7 to celebrate National Night Out, a program designed to promote neighborhood spirit and law enforcement-community partnerships in the fight against crime.

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He’s Legionnaire of the Year

Jim Glassman, Vietnam veteran, first to win award in history of Post 24.

Jim Glassman walked into Alexandria's American Legion Post 24 on July 25 expecting the Executive Committee meeting he was attending to be routine. But his fellow officers and board members knew otherwise.

Letter: Irony of Tissue Comment

I note the irony in Ms. Lee Perkins’ letter of July 26 in which she likens the McDonnell administration’s attitude toward women as “disposable as Kleenex.”

Obituary: Ruth Delones Seaton

Ruth Delones Seaton, 82, of Stuart, Fla. died on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart.

Celebrating Obama’s Birthday in Old Town

Hawaii Islanders and Obama supporters celebrated President Barack Obama’s birthday at Hunting Point on the Potomac in Alexandria Saturday, Aug. 4, with a barbeque, birthday cake, and music.

Covert Matters

Hot Day at Polls and No Food

I found the way to Cora Kelly Rec Center about midday Saturday. Took several turns, wrong ones of course, down Commonwealth Avenue, Mount Vernon Avenue then on to Dewitt and Hume. Eventually I got the nerve to stop to ask for directions.

‘Who You Gonna Call?’

Past President, Senior Services of Alexandria

"Mom's in the hospital following a fall and surgery. Just this morning the social worker called to say they are discharging her to a rehabilitation facility tomorrow and I need to approve of the placement! But I don't know anything about this place or what to expect!"

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First Day Out

The summer sailing camp at the Washington Sailing Marina on Daingerfield Island is in full till as the students take to boats and try their hands at navigating the wind to the sails.

Letter: Must Work with Republicans

Thoughts on political/party compromise.

Obituary: Clifton Elmer Howard

Clifton Elmer Howard died on Aug. 1, 2012 while being treated for congestive heart failure at Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center located at Warrenton, Va. He was 92 years old.

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Markussen Receives Scholarship

On July 27, the Constants family of Annapolis, Md., headed to the Jersey Shore to present an Alexandria resident with the first Olivia Constants Foundation college scholarship.

RTA Receives Home Depot Foundation Grant

Rebuilding Together Alexandria, a volunteer-based, non-profit organization that preserves affordable housing and revitalizes communities, has been selected as a Home Depot Foundation 2012 Community Impact Grant recipient.

55 Restaurants Offer $35 Menus

For 10 days this summer, restaurants throughout Alexandria will offer a $35 prix-fixe three-course dinner or $35 dinner for two.

Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns to Old Town

The streets of Alexandria will be buzzing with shoppers on Saturday, Aug. 11 at The Third Annual Old Town Summer Sidewalk Sale.

Oregon Wine Tasting with Biggio Hamina Winery

On Monday Aug. 13, from 6-8 p.m., The Butcher’s Block will host an Oregon wine tasting with Biggio Hamina Winery winemaker and proprietor, Todd Hamina.

Thursday, August 9

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Celebrating National Night Out

Celebrating National Night Out Photos.

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Howell and Harrington Engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Howell of Clifton announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Marie Howell of Arlington, to Brian Michael Harrington of Alexandria, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Harrington of Alexandria.

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Backpacks Urgently Needed at Rising Hope

Aug. 30 and 31 are the distribution days.

A spunky New Yorker, Sula Tyler won’t admit to panic but it’s fair to say that as minister of children and youth at Rising Hope Mission she’s facing a mountain of concern.

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Six Tons of Produce Arrive at Rising Hope Mission Church

Distribution is free every fourth Friday.

“Get your cabbage! Get your eggplant!” a Rising Hope volunteer called out.

No More Details

Fairfax and Arlington reject requests by Virginia Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability.

The Virginia Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability, Inc. received a qualified “No” from the Fairfax County Police to four FOIA requests the community organization sent last month. A fifth FOIA request to the Arlington County police did provide some FOIA-related information.

Church To Host Homecoming Worship Service

The Rev. Dr. Darrell K. White and congregation of Bethlehem Baptist Church will celebrate their Annual Homecoming Worship Service on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 12 p.m.

Letter: Check Spending Line by Line

Thoughts on taxes.

Letter: Beyond Schools’ And TJ’s Control

Thoughts on the lawsuit against Thomas Jefferson High School

Letter: Natural Doesn’t Require Pristine

A rebuttal to Mr. Spiegel's thoughts on Dyke Marsh.

Letter: Inhibiting Progress

Thoughts on civic progress.

Letter: Backpacks Needed

Request for backpacks.

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Learning History Firsthand

Veterans tell Rocky Run students about WWII.

Each year, WWII comes alive for seventh-graders at Rocky Run Middle School. That’s because, besides what they learn about it from their textbooks, they get to hear firsthand from those who lived through it.

Realizing a Dream

Garrett begins job of deputy fire chief.

Since he was a boy, William Garrett knew he’d grow up to be a firefighter. Although he and his family have lived in Centreville six-and-a-half years, he was born and raised in Alexandria’s Gum Springs community — and that’s where the spark was ignited.

Letter: TJHS Story in Numbers

The point is that inborn talent is not the real issue for TJHS-level success. Nor is there any educational program magic pill that will solve this. The key is student long-term personal commitment to scholastic achievement and hard work—(the old "20 percent inspiration, 80 percent perspiration" adage).

Chantilly Pain Clinic Owner Is Convicted

Oxycodone distribution, healthcare, tax fraud.

The owner and president of a pain clinic in Chantilly was convicted Friday, Aug. 3, in Federal Court of conspiring to distribute and actually distributing oxycodone, a controlled drug.

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Something To Cheer About

All-star gym for competitive cheerleading opens in Chantilly.

Susan and Mark Culin and Jelaire Grillo have something to cheer about — literally. They’ve just opened Phase Cheer & Dance, an all-star gym in Chantilly where they’ll train competitive cheerleaders.

Letter: Flawed Diagnosis, Wrong Prescription

Schools in Fairfax and the surrounding feeder counties are extremely diverse. Teachers often have few students who speak English as a primary language. Students are from Africa, Latin America, The Middle East—Europe, Far East and Asia, and more. So, what defines the students who succeed?

Letter: Appreciates Support

Dear Park PTA extension of thanks.

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Lorton Charity Provides ‘Tools for School’

Lorton Community Action Center to hold school supplies drive.

Although summer is not quite over, the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) has already begun planning for the upcoming school year.

Mariachi at Lorton Workhouse

On July 28, Mariachi Los Amigos performed at the Lorton Workhouse as part of the Mt. Vernon Nights at the Workhouse summer concert series.

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Springfield Mom a Model of Volunteer Spirit

Springfield mom wins state award for PTA volunteer work

Tracy Goodwin is an expert juggler. Not the circus kind of juggler—the parent kind. She’s the mom who amazes other moms by keeping several balls in the air at the same time, juggling a job as a substitute teacher, a mom to two pre-teens, a stepmom to two grown children and serves as a full-time volunteer for the PTA.

Week In Fairfax

Week In Fairfax

Creative Thinking, Problem Solving and Engineering

Philip Everard is only eight, but says he’s been building with LEGOs ever since he was born.

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Hands-On Fun while Learning

Children attend LEGO camp in Clifton

Sure, LEGOs are child’s play—but they’re also much more. And Clifton’s Cam Meyer, 15, recently shared his knowledge of what these colorful building pieces can do during a LEGO camp held in the town’s meeting hall.

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Backpack Campaign in Full Swing

200 backpacks still needed to meet Our Daily Bread’s goal.

The start of the new school year is less than a month away, and back-to-school sales are cropping up everywhere.

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A Chef Who Makes House Calls

Dave and Casey Dexter, like all fathers and teenage daughters, have had their disagreements, but now they run a business together: GuestChef.

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100 men, 4,000 miles, 1 mission

Burke man bikes cross-country with fraternity to raise awareness for people with disabilities.

Dan Rieck, a senior at Virginia Tech, just had the best summer of his life.

Taking Back Their Neighborhoods

Communities host crime-fighting events during 29th Annual National Night Out.

From block parties to pool parties, picnics and parades, Fairfax County residents gathered with friends, neighbors and local police on Tuesday, Aug. 7, in recognition of the 29th Annual National Night Out campaign.

Classified Advertising Aug. 8, 2012

Read the lastest Classified, Employment and Home and Garden ads!

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Collingwood for Sale: 8.7-Acre Estate on the Market for $5.9 million

Construction of $2 million American Legacy Center created hefty debt for nonprofit.

The dream of a museum dedicated to Americana may be dead, and an important community center may be privatized.

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A Stark Choice: Candidates in Special Election Are on Opposite Sides of Key Issues

Voters to choose between radically different views in September.

The summer of 2012 is turning out to be the hottest political season in recent memory, and not just because of the record-breaking temperatures.

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Enrollment Spikes Again as Schools Prepare for Opening Day

Classrooms are packed to capacity throughout the city.

With the first day of school fast approaching for most of the city’s public schools, central administration officials are scrambling to respond to dramatic enrollment increases.

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Beacon of Groveton May Be a Sign of Things to Come on Richmond Highway

High-end rental units and ground-level retail will be a first-of-its-kind on the corridor.

When the high-end residential units at the Heights at Groveton open next month, Richmond Highway will begin a new chapter in its long history.

Week in Alexandria

Alexandria police officers have arrested a man they say is responsible for a rash of burglaries from automobiles over the last few months in the Rosemont neighborhood.

On the Campaign Trail

What happens to City Councilman Rob Krupicka’s seat if he is elected to the House of Delegates next month? Fortunately for Democrats, it’s too late to have yet another special election.

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Should Virginia Compensate for Dark Days of Eugenics?

Del. Patrick Hope (D-44) asks governor and General Assembly to form a task force.

The number of victims is unknown in Virginia’s system of forced sterilization, a dark chapter that stretched from the 1920s into the 1970s.

Wednesday, August 8

Potomac Calendar Events 8/8/12

Potomac Calendar Events

Potomac Business Notes 8/8/12

Potomac Business Notes

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Tyler Abell’s Merry-Go-Round Afternoon

Tyler turning 80? No way. But, here we were, at a birthday party featuring everything but a performing horse, although there were plenty in the pastures, and there he was, Tyler wearing a cap with the number 80 and the letters WFM — had to be a radio station.

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Roller Rink Adapting

A recreation site for people with disabilities.

Pam Yerg has been looking at the dormant roller hockey rink at the Potomac Community Center with vision. “We believe it holds huge potential value as a multi-sport facility for use by people in our county with disabilities,” she said.

Will Maravell Go or Stay?

Organic farmer told to vacate land Aug. 15; challenge to occur in Montgomery County Circuit Court Aug. 14.

The county told Nick Maravell that he must vacate Brickyard Road by Aug. 15 so it can move forward with plans for soccer fields. Maravell asked to stay.

Letter: Simply Irreplaceable

Thoughts on the Brickyard school site.

Military Notes: Potomac 8/8/12

Military Notes

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New Restaurant To Open at Cabin John Shopping Center

Owner of Grilled Oyster Company cites “good location.”

Raw, freshly shucked oysters, Chesapeake Bay crab dishes, grilled clams, local farm chopped salad, prime rib, blackened chicken wings — these menu items and much more will be featured at the newest restaurant in the Cabin John Shopping Center.

This Week in Potomac 8/8/12

This Week in Potomac

Potomac School Notes 8/8/12

Potomac School Notes

PETS for ADOPTION 7/25/12


At Summer Camp

A Summer-at-WES camper, Theodore Dematatis, age 6, cools off at the outdoor show at Bethesda Pool during Washington Episcopal School’s summer camp last month when temperatures soared to near 100.

Letters to the Editor 8/8/12

Letters to the Editor

Hot Day at Polls and No Food

I found the way to Cora Kelly Rec Center about midday Saturday.

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Signature Theatre Hosts Open House

The music started at noon on stage in the MAX, a Signature Theatre highlights concert — looking ahead to the new season, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Hello Dolly!,” and “Company.”

Alexandria Bulletin Board 8/8/12


Arlington Calendar 8/8/12

Arlington Calendar

Arlington Orange line Events 8/8/12

Arlington Orange line Events

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Welcoming Dr. Angel Cabrera

George Mason University welcomes new president.

Summer may be considered the “off-season” in education, but at George Mason University, major change is underfoot.

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Supporting New Hope Housing

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Harris were among 50 guests who attended a summer wine-tasting at The Curious Grape in Shirlington to benefit New Hope Housing and its work to prevent homelessness in Northern Virginia.

10th Annual Backpack Drive

Poverty threatens the academic success of many children in Fairfax County; more than 40,000 qualify for free or discounted school lunches.

Letter: A Farewell to Mrs. Phan

Letter to the Editor

We would like to thank Reston Interfaith for giving Stonegate Community such an amazing coordinator, Mrs. Jackie Phan.

Have Disc, Will Fly — to Dublin

Two Arlington residents to compete in international Frisbee tournament.

The same day that the 2012 Summer Olympics comes to an end, Aug. 12 is also the start of another international sports event, the World Flying Disc Federation’s World Junior Ultimate Championships in Dublin, Ireland. Ultimate Frisbee teams from all over the world will be competing. Two Arlington residents will be a part of the U.S. team: Jojo Emerson and Jay Boyle.

Letter: Taking Exception On Health Care Act

Letter to the Editor

Delegate Plum makes much of the "morality" of the mockingly entitled Affordable Health Care Act (Connection, July 25-31, 2012).

Be Aware

Forum discusses sexual assault in Arlington County.

At a forum on sexual assault on July 19 at the Fairlington Community Center, Theo Stamos, the Commonwealth's Attorney for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church, said that in the 26 years that she has been a prosecutor, she has seen a change in Americans’ attitudes towards sexual assault and domestic violence.

Women’s Health Care Advances

State Delegate (D-36)

While the debate on the federal Affordable Care Act continues, key provisions of the act are becoming effective. Last week preventive care provisions for women took effect.

Four Running to Represent You in Congress

Independent Progressive

It was a dreary, threatening-to-rain Sunday afternoon, and I was a bit bored. It dawned on me that I really had not thought about the coming election right here in my own, new congressional district.

Signature’s ‘Whorehouse’ Opens Its Doors

Signature Theatre kicks off its 2012/13 season with the Tony Award®-winning musical comedy “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” beginning performances on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Letter: No Enemies on TJ Admissions Front

Letter to the Editor

I’m writing about the complaint filed by the Coalition of the Silence regarding the lack of representation of Black, Latino, poor, and disabled kids at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and about why this issue is worthy of immediate community action, regardless of the complaint’s final disposition.

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MoveOn Delivers Petition to Wolf

The MoveOn Council of Northern Virginia delivered the petition to the U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf requesting that he support extending the tax cut for the lower 98 percent.

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County Fair Opens

Thomas Jefferson Community Center hosts five-day event.

It's time for the annual Arlington County Fair. Offering a variety of activities for all ages, it includes rides, pig races, competitive exhibits, evening movies such as “The Hunger Games” and plenty of food.

Column: Derive to Survive

Now that I can taste food again, or rather have food taste like normal again, my attitude is much improved.

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At Dark Star Park

Every year at 9:32 a.m. on Aug. 1, shadows cast by the poles and spheres of the Dark Star Park public art piece align with the metal shadows on the ground.

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Vienna Optimist Club Honors PFC Kristin Ruddy

On Aug. 1, the Vienna Optimist Club held their annual banquet to honor the 2012 Charles A. Robinson Respect for Law Enforcement Award recipients at the Marco Polo Restaurant in Vienna.

Letter: Comstock Politicizes Wounded Warrior Event

As a Vietnam Era Veteran and one who has worked as a volunteer with veterans returning from deployments, I read with interest your Wednesday, Aug. 1 coverage of the Yellow Ribbon Fund picnic for wounded military personnel and their families.

Letter: Putting Aside Politics

Letter to the Editor

As the mother of a wounded warrior, I am appalled at Del. Barbara Comstock’s (R-34) apparent inability to put aside partisan politics to honor our wounded men and women and their families.

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Moonlight Shines in Vienna

“Moonlit Musical,” children’s theatrical production, premiers in Vienna.

What child has never imagined herself to be on-stage, bowing to adoring fans? If you are a child living in Fairfax County, you have a good shot at stardom.

National Farmers' Market Week Starts in Vienna

USDA launches National Farmers’ Market Week from Vienna’s Church Street farmers’ market.

USDA Under-Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Ed Avalos launched National Farmers’ Market Week from Vienna’s Church Street farmers’ market on Aug. 4.

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Promoting Art in the Community

MPA Honored by FCPS, Virginia State Senate and House and Fairfax County.

In honor of its 50 years of presenting the visual arts program to the McLean community, McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) has been honored by Fairfax County Public Schools, the Virginia State Senate and House and the County of Fairfax.

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Artists Visit McLean Central Park

MPAartfest 2012 hosts orientation for artists.

MPAartfest Coordinator Amy Swaak and MPAartfest Artist Liaison chair, Molly Kelly Ryan, took some of the artists participating in this year's MPAartfest on a tour of McLean Central Park on Thursday, July 26.

Letter: Lifting People Up

Letter to the EditorTo the Editor: In response to the letter from Gina Ryan of Great Falls (“Rejecting a Fairy Tale, Connection, July 25-31, 2012), I would like her to answer a few questions: *Can she

In response to the letter from Gina Ryan of Great Falls (“Rejecting a Fairy Tale, Connection, July 25-31, 2012), I would like her to answer a few questions...

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Expect Unexpected in ‘She Said, He Said’

An innovative look at musical favorites.

In a humorous musical production that bends the rules with "what if" playfulness, Falls Church's Katie Culligan joins forces with another Falls Church resident, pianist Walter (Bobby) McCoy, to give audiences a cabaret evening of "She said, He said: A Cabaret of Musical Theatre Oddities" at the Creative Cauldron on Falls Church.

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Bob Alden Honored

Friends of the McLean Community Center Host ‘A Roast and Toast’ to community leader Bob Alden.

On Monday, July 30, the Friends of the McLean Community Center (MCC) honored long-time community organizer Robert Ames “Bob” Alden with “A Roast and Toast to Bob Alden” in The Alden theatre that was named after him.

Letter: Getting Our Trees Back

Letter to the Editor

When I returned to Great Falls, after only a week away, I was absolutely shocked to find that our small but charming shopping place was completely changed...

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MCA Seeks More Information on Tysons

County’s ‘Strawman’ plan missing key funding details, group says.

The McLean Citizens Association has expressed displeasure with the Fairfax County Planning Commission Tysons Corner’s set of recommendations for Tysons Corner redevelopment. The recommendations, called "Strawman," were released June 13, received public comment June 21 and were re-released July 18.

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Nike Field to Handle 100-year Storm

Drainage in conjunction with turf field expected to hold 100-year storm.

In addition to adding synthetic turf to Nike Field #4, the Fairfax County Department of Environmental Services will add stormwater improvements to the area, which aim to help assuage local storm water drainage issues.

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Obama Campaign Opens in Reston

Office will coordinate volunteers for Herndon, Reston area.

Dozens of volunteers and supporters for the campaign to re-elect Barack Obama opened the new Herndon-Reston office on Reston Parkway, Saturday, Aug. 4, one of six offices opened on the president’s 51st birthday in the Northern Virginia area.

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Cindy’s Legacy Hosts Golf Clinic

Herndon Centennial holds fundraiser.

The Herndon Centennial Golf Course hosted a clinic to benefit Cindy’s Legacy, a local charity dedicated to supporting families of those diagnosed with cancer, which raised more than $1,000 Friday, Aug. 3.

Tuesday, August 7

Top 100: Grant Hill, South Lakes, Basketball, 1990

Seahawks superstar championed Duke to two titles and made the leap to NBA All-Star and Olympic Team.

There was a time before Grant Hill belonged to the rest of the world. There was a time before Hill was a 7-time NBA All-Star and member of the Orlando Magic or Detroit Pistons or even before he was a member of two NCAA champion Duke University basketball teams.

Top 100: Kara Lawson, West Springfield, Basketball, 1999

West Springfield grad is still winning championships.

When Pat Summitt, the head coach of the University of Tennessee women's basketball team, came to West Springfield to recruit Kara Lawson, she could not answer one simple question. She went back to Tennessee, found out the answer and secured the services of the nation's best high school player.

Top 100: Allen Johnson, Lake Braddock, Track, 1989

Rising to the top, over and over again.

It was nearly impossible for his high school teammates to predict the heights Allen Johnson would reach in track and field. The 1989 Lake Braddock grad was an exceptional athlete, but he did not win an individual state title until his senior year.

Top 100: Mia Hamm, Lake Braddock, Soccer, 1989

The Lake Braddock grad handled the pressure of national and global recognition with grace.

She is a household name. Across the globe, girls who play soccer strive to be her, while female athletes who play other sports look up to her. Mia Hamm is the face of women's soccer and an advocate of women's sports.

Top 100: Alan Webb, South Lakes, Track, 2001

Webb still holds several national high school records he set while at South Lakes High School.

Alan Webb, a 2001 South Lakes graduate and 23-year-old international track star, set the American record in the two-mile event at the 2005 Prefontaine Classic at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

Top 100: Tom Dolan, Yorktown, Swimming, 1993

A two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Dolan became nationally acclaimed sports figure.

An athlete cannot reach greater heights than earning a gold medal at the Olympic Games.

Top 100: Rob Muzzio, Robinson, Track and Field, 1982

Although he had reasons enough to quit multiple times, the brilliant athlete never let those reasons get in the way of his capability.

While other track and field stars were trying out for spots to represent their nation at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Rob Muzzio was in a hospital bed. The 1982 Robinson grad was fighting a severe asthma attack.

Top 100: Tommy Amaker, Woodson, Basketball, 1983

It was mind over body for the former Woodson basketball standout, as his career took him to the top of college basketball as a player and a coach.

Teamwork and defensive brilliance defined the high school and college basketball careers of Tommy Amaker, a 1983 Woodson grad. His basketball mind took him from Woodson to Duke as a player, and from Duke to Seton Hall to the University of Michigan as a coach.

Top 100: Chris Warren, Robinson, Football, 1985

Size and speed accounted for many of the Robinson star's record-breaking rushing yards.

What the defenses of local high school football teams already knew in the early 80’s, the defenses of collegiate and professional teams would find out later on. Chris Warren, the 1985 graduate of Robinson Secondary, was nearly impossible to stop.

Top 100: Hubert Davis, Lake Braddock, Basketball, 1988

Radiant personality and hard work led the former Bruin to a 12-year career in the NBA.

According to his high school basketball coach, Mike Wells, Hubert Davis came into Lake Braddock more highly skilled than most players leave the school.

Top 100: Bob Brower, Madison Everything, 1978

All-region selection in four sports, Brower remains legendary at Madison.

Bob Brower, a 1978 graduate and the only athlete ever to letter in four sports in one year at James Madison High School, is one of those legendary figures. The type of figure whose name has grown in local sports lore.

Top 100: Eric Sievers, Washington-Lee, Football, 1976

Generals tight end Starred at Maryland before flying `Air Coryell' in San Diego.

Think about some of the greatest NFL offenses of all time — the Cleveland Browns of the 1950's under QB Otto Graham; the 1983-84 Redskins who eclipsed the all-time mark for most points scored in a season; the Kurt Warner-led St. Louis Rams of a few years ago who moved the football and scored seemingly at will.

Top 100: Skeeter Swift, George Washington, Basketball, 1965

Skeeter `Legend' thrived on catcalls; was true showman for Presidents on basketball court.

For Skeeter Swift, there was magic with every step he took throughout his basketball career. It was as if the flamboyant, dazzling hard court sensation was meant to be where he was at each respective level of his hoops career.

Top 100: Wes Suter, South Lakes Gymnastics, 1982

Former Olympian was a pioneer in men's gymnastics, won 15 state titles.

Wes Suter, a 1981 graduate of South Lakes High School and 1988 Olympic gymnast, was so competitive that his physical education teachers had a game that they played with him — one in which he was an unwilling participant.

Top 100: Hummer Brothers Washington-Lee, Basketball, 1963 and 1966

Big Men siblings led `Little Generals' to prominence in 1960s.

In the early 1960's, the Washington-Lee High boys basketball team was a Virginia state power, thanks in large part to 6-foot-6 inch pivot player Ed Hummer. Hummer, a consistent scorer, rebounder and game-changer on defense, was the linchpin player who fueled the Generals to consecutive state 1A titles in both the 1961-62 and 62-63 basketball seasons.

Top 100: Pat Toomay, Edison, Football, 1966

Although he considered himself a basketball player in high school, Pat Toomay went on to have an amazing NFL career. He was a Super Bowl champion with Dallas, a member of a winless team with Tampa Bay and was coached by John Madden while in Oakland.

Top 100: Katie Smrcka-Duffy, Madison, Basketball, 1996

Record-setting Smrcka-Duffy showed competitive fire leading Madison to 1996 region title and two state finals appearances before college and pro career.

Katie Smrcka-Duffy was one of the most competitive athletes ever to come out of the Northern Region. If her play didn't show it, her mouth certainly did. Smrcka-Duffy was often the subject of media scrutiny even as just a junior and senior at Madison High School.

Top 100: Keith Burns, T.C. Williams Football, 1990

It almost seems as if Keith Burns of the Denver Broncos has been playing in the NFL forever. Well, the fact is, by NFL standards where a players' average playing career is about four years, he practically has been.

Top 100: Andy Heck, Woodson Football, 1985

After intimidating teams in the Northern Region, Heck went on to win an NCAA title and played 12 years in the NFL.

After he finished terrorizing the opposing teams' players in the Northern Region, Andy Heck spread his terror onto the top-program college stadiums across the nation. The 1985 Woodson grad's name is still spoken in reverence in the local football circles.

Top 100: Jeremy Ferry, Centreville, Wrestling, 1995

The sellout crowd of 3,850 at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake gave Jeremy Ferry a standing ovation. The senior from Centreville high school had just won his 126th-consecutive match to earn his third-straight AAA individual state wrestling championship.

Top 100: Pete Schourek, Marshall, Baseball, 1987

Schourek catapulted Marshall to baseball success in mid-80's before 11-year MLB career.

Pete Schourek gained national notoriety in 1995 when he finished second to Major League Baseball pitching sensation Greg Maddux in the race for the National League Cy Young Award — awarded to baseball's top pitchers each year. Schourek nailed down 18 wins that season and picked up the Game 1 victory for the Cincinnati Reds in their eventual five-game series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series.

Top 100: Rickey Harris, Centreville, Track and Field

When Centreville’s Rickey Harris was entered in a race, it was almost a foregone conclusion that he was going to win. "You almost got to the point where you didn’t watch him that much because you knew that he was going to win," said Centreville track coach Roy Ferri.

Top 100: Reggie Harrison, Washington-Lee, Football, 1969

Former Generals star had huge punt block in Super Bowl X.

Reggie Harrison found football fame as both a collegiate and a professional NFL running back. But he found his true love for the game as a high school standout at Washington-Lee in Arlington.

Top 100: Jay Franklin, Madison, Baseball, 1971

Northern Region's highest MLB draft pick continues 20-year battle with mental illness.

Each time that Jay Franklin takes a sip of his soda, he unwillingly flashes the scar on the bottom of his right arm. It’s a reminder to his mother, Pat, and sister, Trudy — sitting just feet away and listening to him tell his story — of just how bad things have gotten.

Top 100: Will Montgomery, Football

During his time at Centreville High School, there wasn’t a season that Will Montgomery didn’t excel in sports. In the fall, Montgomery was a leader on the offensive and defensive line for the Wildcats football team. During the winter, he was a starting basketball player that finished second on the team in rebounds as a senior.

Top 100: Seth Greisinger, McLean baseball, 1993

Greisinger ended a 33-year district title drought for McLean baseball before going to UVA, Olympics, and pro baseball.

The Koreans never forgot the name Seth Greisinger. But, neither did anyone else that Greisinger, a right-handed pitching sensation out of McLean, threw against in his career. In the 1996 Olympics, Greisinger held Korea's bats to seven hits and two runs to push the United States to a 7-2 victory and one step closer to an eventual bronze medal.

Top 100: Evan Royster, Football

Westfield head football coach Tom Verbanic knew what he was getting when Evan Royster showed up on the football field during the summer before Royster’s freshman year. Verbanic, who coached Evan’s older brother Brandon for four years from 1996 to 1999, was well aware of the talent that the younger Royster possessed.

Top 100: Eric Dorsey, McLean Football, 1982

Man among boys: Dorsey went from quiet kid to two-time Super Bowl champion.

What most people who knew Eric Dorsey before he went on to stardom with Notre Dame and the New York Football Giants would remember is his quiet demeanor, which was in sharp contrast to his fear-injecting football ability.

Top 100: Barry Johnson, Herndon, Football, Basketball, Soccer, 1986

Unforgettable Johnson is still the name Herndon fans remember the most.

The frigid cup of coffee sitting in front of Barry Johnson is evidence of how forgetful he is. Johnson, arguably the greatest athlete in the history of Herndon High School, strolls down memory lane, telling stories of his high school, college and National Football League careers for nearly an hour before realizing that, not only has he not tasted the cup of joe sitting in front of him, he hasn't even dashed it with any cream or sugar.

Top 100: Scottie Reynolds, Herndon Basketball, 2006

Reynolds led Herndon to regional superiority and broke 13-year McDonald's All-American drought.

Scottie Reynolds is gone now. He has left the Northern Region's gymnasiums behind. They are now only a part of his past — one that is so much more important than all the awards or games he played in.

Top 100: Sharif Karie, West Springfield, Track, 1997

Running away from a war zone in Somalia to running to titles in the U.S.

Twelve individual state titles, three team titles and two relay titles start to explain just how good of a runner Sharif Karie was. Add to that the fact that he didn't spend his entire high school career in Virginia, and he gets a little better.

Top 100: Meghan McCarthy, Robinson, Track, 1992

The stud from Robinson set the state record for individual state titles won.

Winning five state titles in one year is beyond a dream come true for any athlete. For Meghan McCarthy, a 1992 Robinson graduate, it happened in her freshman year of high school.

Top 100: Dave Koesters, West Springfield, Basketball, 1974

Over the three years that Dave Koesters spent playing basketball at West Springfield, the Spartans went 72-6. The 1974 graduate led the team to three straight region titles and two state championship games before heading to the University of Virginia.

Top 100: Bhawoh Jue, Football

During a playoff game against Herndon, Dan Meier’s Chantilly team was down 3-0 and Herndon had just taken possession of the ball at it’s own 20-yard line. Speedy Herndon running back Doug Kushin took the handoff and broke through the line of scrimmage. By midfield, Kushin was clear.

Top 100: Nick Sorenson, Marshall, Football, 1995

Nick Sorenson could never understand why anyone wouldn't want to play sports year-round while in high school. "For me, sports was it in high school," said Sorenson, who is now a free safety and team captain with the National Football League's Jacksonville Jaguars.

Top 100: Pete DeHaven, Edison, Basketball, 1970

The co-captain of Edison's 1969-70 team was integral to the Eagles' "Big Push" into the state tournament.

PRIOR TO THE state tournament, Edison had to jump two mighty high hurdles. First they had to get past West Springfield High School in the Gunston District Tournament.

Top 100: Mike Imo, Football

Just after Robinson's football team fell to Centreville in the 2000 Northern Region championship, head coach Mark Bendorf sat down next to his star running back in the locker room. Bendorf watched as Mike Imoh looked around the locker room at the forty seniors that had just played their last high school football game — a 16-13 loss.

Top 100: Damone Boone, West Springfield, Football, 1996

The Spartan rushed to many records.

"He is as good as they come." -- Lake Braddock Coach Francis Dall.

Monday, August 6

Top 100: Gerry Bertier, T.C. Williams, Football, 1972

Gerry Bertier was one of the best players and leaders on a team known as perhaps the best in the history of Virginia high school football — the 1971 T.C. Williams Titans.

Top 100: Brandon Royster, Fairfax, Football, 2000

The first play that the Fairfax Rebels ran against Paul VI during Brandon Royster’s senior season was a trick play. Quarterback Ian McAlpine tossed a pass near the sideline to wide receiver Mike Daniels, who before getting hit, tossed the ball backwards to Brandon Royster.

Top 100: Eugene Chung, Oakton, Football, 1987

Chung led Oakton football's defense and helped turn a winless Cougar program into a 9-1 regional powerhouse.

Eugene Chung was just a kid lost among the big names at Oakton High School in the late 1980's. Chung, who suffered through one of the worst losing streaks of that decade while the Cougars failed to win a game in the 1985 and 1986 football seasons, was a quiet lineman who drew no joy from grabbing headlines or even talking amongst his teammates.

Top 100: Joey Beard, South Lakes, 1993

Over the Hill: Beard, the two-time AAA state POY, is the all-time leading scorer at South Lakes.

It would come as a surprise to many that Grant Hill, a 2-time NCAA basketball champion, a 7-time NBA all-star and former Olympic basketball player, is not the all-time leading scorer in South Lakes High School's boys basketball history. That honor belongs to a 6-foot 10-inch former McDonald's All-American (1993) named Joey Beard, who recorded 2,138 points in his career — exactly 110 points more than Hill.

Top 100: Earl Lloyd, Parker Gray, Basketball, 1946

Alexandria's Lloyd is the `Jackie Robinson' of the National Basketball Association.

Many people probably do not even recognize the name Earl Lloyd. But unlike the well-recognized Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Lloyd never became a household name.

Top 100: Billy Pulsipher, Fairfax, Baseball, 1991

Despite major setbacks, the phenom pitcher found his way back to the Major Leagues.

The promising baseball career of a 1991 Fairfax graduate almost ended just as it started. Billy Pulsipher took the mound for the New York Mets in 1995, riding a wave of confidence, but injuries and depression would take a toll on his career soon after.

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Beacon for the Future

Urban development may be a sign of things to come on Richmond Highway.

When the high-end residential units at the Heights at Groveton open next month, Richmond Highway will begin a new chapter in its long history.

Top 100: Ratcliff Thomas, T.C. Williams Football, 1992

Ratcliff Thomas was a standout player on the University of Maryland football team and spent several years in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts.

Top 100: Keith Lyle, Marshall Football, 1990

Keith Lyle spent nine years in the National Football League, most of them for the St. Louis Rams during the late 90's, as a free safety. But Lyle, remembered in the Northern Region by those that coached against him as incredibly fast, was an impressive high school quarterback before heading to the University of Virginia.

Top 100: Christy Winters, South Lakes, Basketball, 1986

Christy Winters was recently inducted into the South Lakes High School Hall of Fame as a part of the school's first Hall of Fame Class.

Top 100: Brandon Snyder, Baseball

As kids his age are enjoying the summer after their first year of college, Brandon Snyder is sitting on a bus preparing to play the Batavia Muckdogs, a single-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Friday, August 3

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Potomac Real Estate: June 2012 Sales, $1.1 million to $1.5 million

In June 2012, 56 Potomac homes sold between $2,910,000-$475,000.

Potomac Real Estate: June 2012 Sales, $1.1 million to $1.5 million

Top 100: Keith Moody, Herndon, Football, 1986

Moody's passion for both football and basketball took him through three colleges.

Keith Moody's talent put him in a situation that almost destroyed his athletic future and nearly kept him from becoming the first college graduate from his family.

Top 100: Michelle Griglione, T.C. Williams Swimming, 1986

World class swimmer Griglione fondly recalls her one season swimming as a Titan.

Swimmer Michelle Griglione — a perennial national team member from 1984 through '96, four-time Olympic trials competitor and a former NCAA champion — had so many wonderful accomplishments and moments throughout her illustrious swimming career.

Top 100: Ashley McCulloch, Woodson LAX, 2005

With 37 seconds left to go in the 2002 lacrosse state final, Woodson was losing by a goal to Rockbridge County. The Cavaliers would equal the score, and go on to win the state championship in overtime, thanks to a champion effort on the part of Ashley McCulloch, a freshman.

Top 100: Scott Secules, Football

Scott Secules grew up around football. He would go and watch practice while his father, Tom, was an assistant coach at Annandale High School. He would throw the ball around with the players and coaches.

Top 100: Tiombe' Hurd, West Potomac, Track, 1992

Former Wolverine star made U.S. Olympic squad on third try in 2004.

West Potomac High track and field star Tiombe' Hurd had to be talked into trying out for the Wolverines' squad as a sophomore. "She did not come out as a freshmen," said former West Potomac High head track coach Don Beeby, in a 2004 story on the former Olympian.

Top 100: Michael Jackson, South Lakes, Basketball, 1982

Twenty-four years removed and he remembers like it was yesterday. "I fouled out early," said Otto Jett, recalling his senior year playing basketball for South Lakes in 1982. "So I was sitting on the bench."

Top 100 Val Brown, Lee, Basketball, 1999

The scoring machine from R.E. Lee barely missed out on becoming the first freshman to lead the nation in scoring in NCAA Division I play.

The coaches who remember the high school basketball player with an unusual name say he was impossible to mark. Living up to his name, SirValiant Brown broke down all kinds of defenses.

Top 100: Mike Wallace, Madison, Baseball

Wallace carried Madison to Virginia's first official baseball championship before playing 117 games in the majors.

Mike Wallace won't give himself the credit he deserves. Like most professional baseball players, Wallace believes in a lot of luck and fortune. He believes that luck carried him and the Warhawks to the first Virginia High School League sponsored state championship in 1968 and luck helped Woodrow Wilson rip the title from him in 1969.

Top 100: Willie Pile, West Potomac, Football, 1998

Willie Pile, second year member of the Dallas Cowboys, can only marvel at how far the game of football has taken him in such a short time. He only first began playing as a high school freshman back in 1994 at West Potomac High School in Alexandria.

Top 100: Joe Koshansky, Baseball

Joe Koshansky was able to sum up his career as a baseball player at Chantilly High School in just one sentence: "I pitched pretty well and I hit a few home runs." Koshansky, who graduated in 2000, did much more for his team than pitch a few scoreless innings and hit a few over the fence.

Top 100: Alex Irmer, Wakefield Basketball, 2005

Wakefield High boys basketball coach Tony Bentley always understood that versatile 6-foot 7-inch Alex Irmer was much more than just another good ball player.

Top 100: Mary Yarrison, Diving, Lee 2003

The four-time high school state champion returned from injuries to continue a stellar diving career collegiately, nationally and internationally.

When she won her third diving state championship in 2002, Mary Yarrison walked away from the meet with a hint of anger. She may have won three state championships in three years, she was only a junior, but she didn't have the record yet.

Top 100: Cathron Birge, Track, Lake Braddock 1986

Teammate in an individual sport.

When the Lake Braddock girls track team won the Northern Region Championship in 1986, the lone senior was out with a mono diagnosis. Many wondered if Cathron Birge would be able to run in the following week's state championship.

Top 100: Bryant Johnson, Herndon Football, 1986

Barry Johnson, arguably Herndon High School's greatest athlete, remembers a newspaper article that tore him up inside. He doesn't remember the specifics, but he remembers reading the words as something to the effect of "There is only one Johnson at Herndon High School."

Top 100: Bob DeProspero, Robinson Wrestling, 1981

After not making the varsity wrestling team his freshman year of high school, Bob DeProspero, a 1981 Robinson graduate, went on to win all but one match in the remaining three years of his high school career.

Centre View Bulletin Board 8/1/12

Centre View Bulletin Board

Center View Calendar Events 8/1/12

Centre View Calendar Events

Thursday, August 2

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12th Annual Arlandria Chirilagua Festival

Gathering at Arlandria Chirilagua Festival

Tenants and Workers United hosted the 12th annual Arlandria Chirilagua Festival at Four Mile Run Park on West Reed Avenue on Sunday, July 29.

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'Sweeney Todd'

LTA serves up Sondheim's macabre musical.

The story hasn't changed, the music is hauntingly familiar and of course the body count remains the same. But with The Little Theatre of Alexandria's production of “Sweeney Todd,” you will be seeing the macabre musical of Stephen Sondheim as if it were for the first time.

Clifton Man Honored at Public Safety Awards Ceremony

Steve McMurrer, a Fairfax County public safety communicator, is the kind of employee other employees look up to. McMurrer is always helpful and voluntarily creates training materials for use throughout the center.

Friendship Firehouse Festival Celebrates 238th Birthday of Historic Fire Company

The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association will hold its annual Friendship Firehouse Festival on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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After the Storm

Port City Brewing's 'Derecho Common' beer to be tapped Aug. 3

When a derecho swept through the area June 29, downed trees and power lines left more than a million people without power during a record-breaking heat wave. Alexandria residents and businesses alike were left scrambling to salvage what they could of any perishable products. For Port City Brewing, that meant trying to save the beer.

Kobyra Retires

After 16 years of serving St. Timothy School, as principal, assistant principal and as a teacher, Patricia Kobyra is retiring at the end of this school year.

Inspiring Excellence in History and Government

Charity’s scholarship awards go to three youths.

With a speech about the importance of history and knowledge of government, U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) presented the first annual National Heritage Scholarship at Oakton High School in May to kick-off the school’s annual award night The Scholarship awards $5,000 each to seniors at three Northern Virginia schools.

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Alexandria Irish Festival

The 27th annual Alexandria Irish Festival will take place Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Waterfront Park in Old Town Alexandria.

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They Gather To Do Good

Social Change group raises money for charities.

When ordinary people work together for a good cause, extraordinary things can happen. And that’s been the case so far with a local group called Social Change.

Barber and Felt Engaged

Nicole Marie Barber, daughter of Dave and Joann Barber of Eden Prairie, Minn. and Justin Ennis Felt, son of Jack and Judy Felt of Alexandria, would like to announce their engagement and August wedding.

Alexandria Bulletin Board 8/1/12

Alexandria Bulletin Board Events

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Cleveland, Campbell Are Honored

Feted as Frey’s Lord and Lady Fairfax.

Every year, each member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors selects two people from his or her district to honor as exceptional citizens.

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Becoming ‘Fellow Americans’

"I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America…"

Centreview Roundups 8/1/12

Two Arrested in Shooting

Centreview Roundups

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Realtors Reach Out to Hispanic Community

Helping immigrants to find American Dream and not ‘American Nightmare.’

Mario Rubio and his family came to the United States in 1979 from Peru in search of the American Dream.

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Historic Huntley Opens to Public

Site available for rent starting this August.

After more than 20 years of planning, the federal-style villa that was built in 1825 for Thomson Francis Mason, a grandson of George Mason, is now open to the public.

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Coming to the Rescue

Residents feted for saving woman from burning home.

When a wheelchair-bound woman was rescued recently from her burning Centreville townhouse, an off-duty firefighter and a bevy of civilians came to her rescue. For their bravery, they were honored by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department with lifesaving awards.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar Events 8/1/12

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar Events

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In Search of a ‘Forever Home’

Humane Society of Fairfax working for animal and human welfare.

Look up on your Internet browser page.

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Sober Boating at Pohick Bay

On Saturday, July 14, the Fairfax County Police Marine Patrol Unit conducted a sobriety checkpoint at the Pohick Bay Regional Park boat ramp to deter and apprehend intoxicated drivers.

2nd Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition

The Workhouse Arts Center is presenting the 2nd Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition through Aug. 26.

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Demon Barber of Fleet Street Benefits Alexandria Charities

If you were unable to obtain a ticket to London for the 2012 Olympics you can still take part in a unique British cultural experience. Alexandria resident Brooke Curran is hosting a charity event on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Little Theatre of Alexandria on behalf of at-risk children living in the city.

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Child Care Meeting Draws Vocal Crowd

Debate focuses on discrepancy in state, county regulations.

Judging by the crowd and the occasional calls for order, the topic under discussion in the Board Auditorium at the Fairfax County Government Center was a hot one.

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Receive Shoes at Rising Hope

Like Christ, 12 Samaritan’s Feet volunteers wash feet.

Twelve 9th grade Samaritan’s Feet volunteers from Charlotte, N.C., washed the feet of 250 children Tuesday morning, July 31, at Rising Hope Mission Church.

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Check One Off The Bucket List

Local woman to compete in Ironman World Championship.

Fair Lakes resident BethAnn Telford has participated in two Ironman competitions in Lake Placid, N.Y., and in several half-Ironman events.

Week in Fairfax

News in Fairfax.

Precautions to Avoid Problems With Coyotes

City of Fairfax Police Animal Control Officers are advising City residents to take precautions to avoid problems with the City’s small resident coyote population.

Hyland Praises John Byers’ Depth of Community Service

In Remembrance

It is with extreme sadness that I must share with you that my good friend and former Planning Commissioner John Byers passed away Sunday [July 29] at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. John's love for Mount Vernon was only surpassed by his love for his wife Peggy and his three children Susan, Leslie and Dan.

BBQ, Republican-Style

George Allen talks jobs, energy and education at Braddock district fundraiser.

U.S. Senate candidate George Allen was energetic as he shook hands, posed for photos and made small talk with Republican supporters Saturday at Supervisor John Cook’s 3rd annual Big Braddock BBQ for volunteers at Burke Lake Park.

Grill Causes Townhouse Fire in Fair Oaks

Fire officials say a fire Monday night at a Fair Oaks townhouse was accidental, but damage is estimated at more than $10,000.

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Dogs Get Their Reward

Two-year interim use approved as master plan moves forward.

After a protracted community debate over the past two years on whether or not to establish an Off Leash Dog Park (OLDA) within Westgrove Park, the Fairfax County Park Authority, with the concurrence of the Planning Commission, recently approved an Interim Use OLDA at Westgrove Park for two years.

Letter: State Taxpayers Pay Federal Too

Thoughts on Economic debt and Healthcare

Letter: True War On Women

Thoughts on a previous letter, "War Against Women."

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To Geek or Not To Geek, That is the…Verb

Library launches novel campaign to get people talking.

Ruth geeks fairy tales. Katie geeks wildlife. Benjamin geeks hobbits.

Letter: We Are All Environmentalists

Thoughts on Dyke Marsh.

Obituary: Harry Clay Hoffman III Lt. Col. U.S. Army (retired)

Harry Clay Hoffman III, 81, died peacefully of natural causes in Richmond on July 26, 2012.

Mount Vernon School Notes 8/2/12

Mount Vernon School Notes

Week in Reston

Volunteers Needed for Reston Multicultural Festival

The Reston Community Center (RCC) is looking for volunteers for the 2012 Reston Multicultural Festival, planned for Saturday, Sept. 22 at Lake Anne Plaza.

Reston Community Center Announces Professional Touring Artist Series

2012-2013 Season Begins September 8

Reston Community Center (RCC) has announced the opening of the 2012-2013 Professional Touring Artist Series at the CenterStage.

A Day at Reston Dog Park

Residents and their dogs enjoy a day at the Reston Dog Park.

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Memories in Watercolor

Burke resident finds passion in painting.

Kenneth "Bud" Aldrich painted his first watercolor 74 years ago when he was 15 years old.

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59th Anniversary of Korean War

Friday, July 27, marked the 59th anniversary of the armistice agreement that brought an end to the fighting of the Korean War between North Korea, China, South Korea, and United Nations forces, which included the United States.

Storms Provide Wake-Up Call

Dust off emergency plans; sign-up for Fairfax County alerts.

I’ve been thinking a lot about emergencies lately—a derecho, four days without power in a heat wave with two small kids, and a flooded kitchen floor will do that to you. So will a magnitude 5.8 earthquake such as the one we experienced last August.

Week in Herndon

4-H Fair Returns to Frying Pan Park

This August, the Fairfax County 4-H is again collaborating with Fairfax County Park Authority to host the 64th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Farm Show.

Letter: Taking Exception On Health Care Act

Letter to the Editor

Delegate Plum makes much of the "morality" of the mockingly entitled Affordable Health Care Act (Connection, July 25-31, 2012).

Week in Herndon

Bomb Scare at Herndon Business

On Thursday, July 26 at approximately 11 a.m., an unknown female confronted a teller at the Cambio de Cheque, located at 1100 Elden Street, Suite F, in Herndon and demanded money.

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Going the Distance

American Century Theater tackles 'Marathon '33.'

Inducing people to endure discomfort, pain and humiliation for the promise of cash prizes sounds like a season of “Survivor” or “Fear Factor.”

Column: Virginia’s Crooked Road

Jane and I are about to embark on an extended weekend visiting one major venue on Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, The Crooked Road (

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Scholarship Winners

The Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter (FCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. awarded six scholarships in the amount of $10,000 during its 2012 May Week program.

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‘76 Trombones Lead the Big Parade’…

Floris UMC presents ‘The Music Man.’

Professor Harold Hill is coming to town, and River City will never be the same.


Competitive World

To the Editor:
Interesting opinion piece [“Separate and Unequal?” editorial, Centre View, July 26].

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Bach to Rock Moves To Worldgate Centre

Bach to Rock (B2R), America’s music school for students of all ages, announced on July 18 it will re-locate its current school in Herndon, located at 465 Herndon Parkway, to a larger facility at Worldgate Centre located 13009 Worldgate Drive later this year.

Nonprofit Thrift Store Fighting To Grow

Store donates various goods to the poor.

Pender ReGift Thrift, an extension of the Pender United Methodist Outreach Center, is trying to increase its presence after a soft opening earlier this year.

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Practicing Economy at Oak Hill

Summer camp teaches elementary school students challenges of real-life economy.

What says summertime like lazy days by the pool, barbecues and the law of supply and demand?

Classified Advertising (Aug. 1, 2012)

Read the lastest Employment, Home and Garden and Classified ads!

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Two Detectives Assigned to Investigate Rosemont Crime Wave

Theft from vehicles has become an alarming trend; police encourage residents to lock doors.

Lock your doors. That’s the message from the Alexandria Police Department, which is currently engaged in an effort to address a growing trend of thefts from vehicles in the Rosemont neighborhood.

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Lightning Campaign Pits Longtime Elected Official Against Progressive Newcomer

Democrats to determine special election candidate this weekend.

This week, Democrats will determine their candidate in a special election blitz campaign that offers little time for voters to learn much about their options.

Week in Alexandria

This week marked the first day of school at Mount Vernon Community School, which has about 100 more students than last year. It was also the first day of school at Tucker Elementary School, which has about 100 more students than last year. When the rest of the city’s schools open after Labor Day, Alexandria is preparing for a massive crunch.

Business Matters

As members of the Alexandria City Council enjoy their summer recess, elected officials turn to their day jobs. For Councilman Frank Fannon, that means trying to close some mortgage loans for SunTrust Bank — if he can.

Wednesday, August 1

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Cancer-Free Randolph Returns to Titans

Coach missed final six games of 2011 season.

T.C. Williams head football coach Dennis Randolph was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011, causing him to miss the final six games of the season. One year later, he's cancer-free and back coaching the Titans.

Shakespeare at Madeira

Traveling Players Ensemble presents ‘As You Like It.’

After two weeks of touring throughout Virginia, the Traveling Players Ensemble returns home to perform Shakespeare's "As You Like It" at the Madeira School.

On the Way To Improving U.S. 1 North of Fort Belvoir

The other day, I came across and article about the widening of Route 1 in Woodbridge. Between that and the coming federally-funded widening through Fort Belvoir, I often get queries from constituents who want to know why Route 1 is being improved there, but not between Woodlawn and the Beltway. There are two reasons — planning and money.

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‘Footloose’ Takes Foot in Vienna

Musical comes to Vienna Community Center for five performances, starting Aug. 3.

"Footloose" hit the big screen with a bang in 1984. More than 15 years later, it opened on Broadway. Now, "Footloose" comes to Vienna.

News Brief

Good Shepherd Housing Awarded

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services was recognized by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement as the 2012 winner of the Board Leadership Award.


Seminary Valley

It may be the dog days of summer, but there is a lot of neighborhood action and news to take in before we head into fall.

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No Monocle Required

The All-Star musicians of Amadeus Concerts strive to make classical music accessible to everyone.

Everyone listens to the radio, occasionally spinning the dial and losing himself in it. Music can excite, comfort, agitate, and calm. Those who play an instrument can pick out different chords and notes, and appreciate the skill of each individual sound. Those who sing recognize pitches and octaves.

Tax Holiday This Weekend Exempts School Supplies

Annual event assists customers and businesses.

A sharp new wardrobe, a perfect notebook, and a new school year go hand in hand. Back-to-school shopping is a yearly tradition for students and parents, and this weekend marks the seventh year of Virginia’s school supply tax holiday.

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Clemyjontri Park Welcomes Wounded Warriors

Yellow Ribbon Fund hosts picnic for wounded military personnel and their families.

Three days of often-heavy rainfall and a dicey forecast was cause for some concern, but as if on cue, the clouds vanished and the sun shone down on the Yellow Ribbon Fund’s picnic on Sunday, July 22, in Clemyjontri Park in McLean.

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Leadership Summit at Vinson Hall

A McLean Retirement Community chosen as service project site for Pat Tillman Leadership Summit.

As part of the third annual Pat Tillman Leadership Summit, Marie Tillman, Pat Tillman Foundation Co-Founder and President, joined 20 Tillman Military Scholars participating in a service project at Vinson Hall Retirement Community on Monday, July 22.

Letters to the Editor 8/1/12

Letters to the Editor

County To Take Over Land; Lawsuits Upcoming

Organic farmer told to vacate Brickyard Road by Aug. 15; county to take possession the next day.

The tongue lashing began in the form of a footnote — the ninth footnote — on page 11 of the State Board of Education’s legal opinion.

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A Pathway for Today’s Heroine

McLean’s Alianna Maren celebrates one year of ‘Unveiling: The Inner Journey.’

Last week, McLean author, Alianna Maren’s living room was filled with fascinating women. There were old friends, and new friends, several of whom edited or contributed to her recent book, "Unveiling: The Inner Journey."

Greeting Preschoolers for 40 Years

Gloria Turner celebrates a rare anniversary.

Each weekday morning for the last 40 years, Gloria Turner has greeted bleary-eyed children, ages 2 to 5, and their parents who are hesitant to leave but watchful of the clock that’s calling them to their offices.

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Working in Advance

In preparation for the Saints Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church’s 29th Middle Eastern Bazaar Sept. 21-23, church members gathered last week to create spinach pies.

Potomac Calendar Events 8/1/12

Calendar Events

Shumard Helps Preserve History

From George Washington Birthday Parade organizer to president of Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association.

In Alexandria, Joe Shumard’s name and the Alexandria George Washington Birthday Parade are almost synonymous.

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July Concert with ‘The Blues Man’

Blues Concert

Rotary Installs New Officers

Petniunas takes reins as 85th club president.

The Rotary Club of Alexandria formally installed Raymond V. Petniunas as the 85th club president at the July 10 meeting at Belle Haven Country Club that also recognized the 2012-2013 slate of officers and board members.

Obituary: Meredith G. Williams, Jr.

Meredith G. Williams, Jr., CDR USNR retired, died on June 29, 2012 at the age of 88. Born in Weymouth, Mass. he has resided in the Washington, D.C. area since 1956.

The Eyes Have It

Brahm Opticians celebrates 25 years.

Nancy Benjamin was 16 years old when she decided that she wanted to be an optician.

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From Interpreter to Palm Reader to Painter

Liz Gerstein displays her artwork and analyzes handwriting.

Liz Gerstein is a master at reinventing herself. Throughout her life, she has followed her interests and passions to see where they lead her.

Former Churchill Grad Offers Naturopathic Remedies

Kevin Passero emphasizes natural means of healing.

When he graduated from the University of Colorado in Environmental Science, Kevin Passero was unsure about his career path.

Gutstein, Duber Wed

Peri Blair Gutstein and Brant Edwin Duber were married on May 27, 2012 by Rabbi Jonathan Stein at the Pierre Hotel in New York.

Fatherhood in the 21st Century

Potomac psychiatrist creates program to help men become better fathers.

During more than 30 years as a psychiatrist specializing in children and adolescents, Dr. Bruce Pfeffer has witnessed the impact that fathers can have on the lives of their children.

Letter: Elite for A Reason

Thoughts on student academic potential.

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World of Beer Arrives in Arlington

Fans of craft beer can grab a pint and enjoy a truly global selection of brew at World of Beer, ready to serve on Aug. 6. The Ballston location is the first branch to open in Virginia, and owners are enthusiastic about the location.

Letter: What’s Best for State Residents?

Thoughts on access to health care.

Letter: Columbia Pike Transit Initiative

Locally Preferred Alternative

Thoughts on Columbia Pike.

Fairfax Backs Columbia Pike Streetcar Plan

On Tuesday, July 31, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a streetcar line as the locally preferred option for transit along the Columbia Pike corridor.

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Washington Boulevard Trail Yields Environmentalist Debate

County looks to building trail on east side of boulevard.

While Arlington County has been discussing its plans for the Washington Boulevard trail at community meetings, two opposing petitions concerning the trail have surfaced on

Arlington Calendar 8/1/12

Calendar Events

Orange Line Events 8/1/12

Orange Line Events

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Celebrating Local Harvest

Starting at 8 a.m. every Saturday morning, more than 30 producers display and sell local fruits, vegetables, cheeses, dairy products, poultry and meats, plants and flowers, fresh baked goods and more next to the Arlington County Courthouse at the intersection of N. Courthouse Road and N. 14th Street in Arlington.

Column: Choosing My Words, Respectively

It has been brought to my attention by some regular Kenny-column readers – who are friends, too, and whose opinions I value, that my most recent batch of “cancer columns” (as I call them) were not funny; in fact, they were more depressing and negative than anything, and not nearly as uplifting and hopeful as many of my previous columns have been.

Food for Hot People

H-B grad pursues culinary dream.

Every Thursday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., area food trucks park in a small, deserted lot on the corner of 18th Street and Crystal Drive in Crystal City. Hungry workers on lunch break soon flock to the trucks.

Weekly Entertainment (Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield)

Entertainment in Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield.

Weekly Entertainment (Reston/Herndon)

Entertainment in Reston/Herndon.

Weekly Entertainment (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

Entertainment in Vienna/McLean/Great Falls.

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Getting a Body Like an Olympian

Local fitness gurus offer gold medal advice for achieving a toned, muscular body.

Muscular legs, toned abs and buffed biceps are hard to miss in London this week, but is it possible for the average sports fan to achieve a body like an Olympian? Local fitness experts say "maybe."

Taking Care of One’s Teeth

American Dental Association says many Americans don’t know basic oral care.

Here’s a pop quiz: How often should a person replace their toothbrush? "Once a year," said Terrie Andrews of McLean.

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Beating Bad Breath

Dental experts offer solutions for chronic halitosis.

When Amanda Welch’s boyfriend asked her to marry him last spring, she accepted his proposal on one condition: that he find a cure for his bad breath.

Editorial: Readers Respond on TJ Admissions

"Stop making smart 8th graders feel inferior because they are not admitted."

Readers responded to last week's editorial, which cited a civil rights complaint about the apparent lack of access to gifted and talented programs and admission to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.